M220 TOW MISSILE SYSTEM INTEGRATED MASTER BATTERY
M220 Tube Launched, Optically Tracked, Wireless (TOW) Missile System Integrated Master Battery
The TOW M220 system, a legacy anti-armor weapon system, was initially developed in the 1960s. Because of its ruggedness, reliability, and lethality, it is one of the more sought-after anti-armor weapon systems. The TOW M220 system is used extensively by foreign militaries allied with the United States. Alion, in cooperation with the U.S. Army and Defense Logistics Agency, developed the Integrated Master Battery (IMB) to address the need for an integrated power solution to address the challenge of supporting Foreign Military Sales (FMS) systems which are no longer in the U.S. Military inventory.
Alion eliminated and updated obsolete components and significantly reduced overall system size and weight of the entire M220 System. Of particular importance is the reduction in battery subsystem procurement, operational, and logistics support costs, and a condensed operational footprint. The IMB’s design integrates the functions of eight current TOW M220 power and maintenance components needed for operation into a single unit. Specifically, the IMB replaces two battery assemblies, the TOW Vehicle Power Conditioner (TVPC), the MGS Battery Charger and the associated monitoring unit, the Night Sight’s Vehicle Power Conditioner (VPC), the Battery Power Conditioner (BPC) and the associated consumable battery assemblies, and the BPC spare battery case. The design also incorporates new conditioned based maintenance features such as status of battery charge, low battery charge alert, and low voltage condition alert.
- Approved by U.S. Army for use in the M220 in 2021
- Replaces legacy electrical system – Identical form and fit as the M220 Battery Assembly, Storage, BB-287
- Multiple outputs providing simultaneous power for Missile Guidance Set Launch Control and Night Sight Operation
- Users can operate launcher from energy storage or direct vehicle/shore power input for battery conservation
- Re-charged using vehicle DC Power or AC/DC shore power (90 to 264 VAC , 43 to 400 Hz, and 12 – 36 Volt DC)
- Uses Lithium-Ion Cells vs Obsolete NiCad Cells
- Provides user Status of Charge and Fault Conditions
- 400 Watt-hours when full charged enable
- >500 Full Charge / Discharge Cycles
- Maintenance Free