ANN ARBOR, MI -- Arotech Corporation’s U.S. Power Systems Division, UEC Electronics, has received a $2.6 million contract from the Marine Corps to design, develop and deliver four MEHPS systems. MEHPS portable solutions combine battery technology with existing generator and solar solutions to power forward deployed units. The MEHPS product harnesses solar power and intelligently reduces run-time on generators, reducing fuel consumption and extending generator life.
UEC Electronics previously designed and developed a smaller hybrid power solution for the Marine Corps. The 1kW Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network System (GREENS) is now being produced by UEC under a $40.8 million IDIQ contract.
This latest MEHPS award is for a scalable (up to 15kW) design for use at forward operating bases and is a significant part of the DoD's strategy to reduce fuel consumption by 25% prior to 2025. The Marine Corp's roadmap calls for MEHPS production beginning in 2018.
International customers are watching the MEHPS program as well. MEHPS was one of four "pathfinder" projects announced by Prime Minister Modi (India) and President Obama in January 2015 under the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative.