PEO Solider is giving powered rail systems a serious look. Gear Scout reports …
“It hooks into the 1913 rail system. And what that allows you to do is put a system on [the weapon] and do away with the battery pack. And what you can do is on the buttstock of the weapon or the hand grip you can put batteries in there. So everything you put on this system is already hot wired and can run off that. And you get a lot more battery life out of that too.”
I think incorporating a large backup battery in the rifle which all accessories could tap into when their primary battery dies would be a win.
Last year I reported that NATO is also investigating powered accessory rails.
[ Many thanks to Lance for emailing me the link. ]