The most common battery is the BA 5590. This
battery is rated at 7.2 Ah at 70
and 5.6 Ah at -20
on the Li/SO2 chemistry, in use the US Military in communications
applications over the past 10 - 15 years, this type was the only
lithium technology currently available that has a proven
successful record in combat situations.
a nominal 200 mA drain in typical use, the battery could provide
28 hours of operation at the minimum temperature.
One of the leading
manufacturers of BA 5590 is Saft. The company produces
three versions of the BA 5590 battery: the BA 5590 Lithium Sulfur
Dioxide and Lithium Manganese Dioxide (LiMnO2) are used as primary
sources while Lithium Rechargeable (BA 2590 Li-ion) are gradually
replacing some primary batteries in military equipment. In the
period 1999 - 2003 Saft delivered 1,000,000 BA-5590 batteries to
the US Military, and was the largest supplier of batteries during
the 2003 war in Iraq.