Friday, May 30, 2014

Army, Marine howitzers getting new battery system

Army, Marine howitzers getting new battery system: Super-Phosphate batteries are to be supplied by Saft to BAE Systems for use on U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps M777A2 howitzers.

The specific value of the contract from BAE Systems, maker of the howitzer, was not disclosed.

The weapon, chosen by the Army and Marines as their next-generation medium force weapon, is a quickly deployable 155mm howitzer with aluminum and titanium components.

Saft, a manufacturer of high-tech batteries, said its Super-Phosphate batteries will replace previous lead-acid batteries used with the guns fire control system to provide advantages specific to the company's Li-ion technology, including longer battery life, faster recharge and reduced costs.

The new batteries will be integrated with Saft's field-proven 28V control and power electronics using battery enclosures designed to withstand rugged environments.