DoD Contracts Saft for ‘Advanced Lithium Power Source’ Battery

Advanced battery is to power a long-range surveillance system
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The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, which provides supplies and services to U.S. armed forces worldwide, has contracted Saft, a producer of high technology batteries, to improve an “advanced lithium power source” battery for use with the U.S. Army’s Long-Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System.

The DLA awarded Saft a one-year, $1.2 million contract to make manufacturing improvements to the ALPS battery, which is a “compact energy storage unit with integrated charger developed as a portable energy source in the field,” the firm says.

Saft is to advance the technical and manufacturing readiness of the ALPS battery for use in a variety of applications. Those applications include the Long-Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System (LRAS3), which is a high-tech, multi-sensor system that detects, recognizes, identifies and pinpoints long-range target locations in virtually any conditions.

The improved ALPS battery will be a lightweight power source with a longer lifecycle and quicker recharging capacity, says Saft. Under the contract, Saft is to provide 10 ALPS batteries to the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center with some units being supplied to the U.S. Army Product Manager for field testing, the company says.