The US Army Tank-Automotive Research Development Engineering Command (TARDEC) has selected Saft, a world specialist in the design and manufacture of high-tech batteries, to enhance the efficiency of military vehicle operations. The $1.2 million contract will focus on the design and demonstration of Saftís high-power lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, to address the requirements for next-generation hybrid electric military-vehicles.
Saftís high-power batteries will provide TARDECís vehicles with enhanced performance while significantly reducing vehicle costs. The US Army TARDEC is responsible for providing soldiers with unrivaled battlefield capabilities, including mobility, lethality and survivability. Headquartered in Warren, Michigan, TARDEC ensures that US soldiers are prepared for combat with the most advanced technology available.
Saft will work with TARDEC to leverage the Armyís Manufacturing Technology Program (ManTech), which focuses on the development of low-risk, affordable technologies for military systems. Through this collaborative effort, Saft and TARDEC will develop ways to reduce size and improve performance of Li-ion technology for hybrid electric vehicles.
"We are looking forward to extending our partnership with the US Army TARDEC," said Thomas Alcide, Saft specialty battery group general manager. "We are pleased that TARDEC distinguishes Saft as an industry leader in technology and continually relies on us for the development of superior products."
Saftís high-power Li-ion batteries are currently being used to power several of the militaryís hybrid electric armored demonstrator vehicles, including BAE Systems (United Defenseís) Non Line of Sight Canon (NLOS-C), Carnegie Mellon national robotics engineering centerís crusher robotic vehicle, General Dynamic Land Systemsí Reconnaissance Surveillance Targeting Vehicle (RSTV), and TACOMís High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV).