2018 AFRL 05 Personnel Recovery – Power
When a pilot is shot down in a combat zone, it is not always possible to locate and rescue downed pilots before their supplies run out. Pilots carry a survival radio but have no ability to charge it and any other electronic devices they may be carrying. The survival radio runs on an interchangeable (but uncommon type of) lithium ion battery. In an environment without access to an existing power supply, pilots need a way to maintain power for their critical electronic devices. Space for supplies on aircraft is extremely limited, consisting only of what the pilot can bring on their body when they parachute.
Provide a way for pilots shot down in combat to keep critical electronic devices such as survival radios powered for 28 days until they can be rescued.
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