BAE Selects Saft to Continue Battery Development for Ground Combat Vehicle

BAE Systems has selected Saft for a $1.3 million contract to continue the development of a lithium-ion energy storage system for the U.S. Army‘s ground combat vehicle program.

According to a Saft statement, the demo battery system including hardware and software for the vehicle’s hybrid electric drive system has already been completed and the new funding continues the firm’s work on the project.

The ground combat vehicle is a nine-man infantry carrier that can protect against threats and move in off road and urban terrain as well as accommodate emerging technologies.

BAE and Northrop Grumman received a $450 million contract for the technology development phase of the GCV program last summer.

Saft joins iRobotQinetiq North America and MTU on the joint team.

The Saft-made battery cells support GCV’s electric drive system when the vehicle is not running on gasoline, such as during silent watch missions.

If the BAE–Northrop team is selected as the Army’s design and manufacturing partner, Saft will likely be the battery supplier when production begins in 2019.

According to Saft, the GCV is part of a growing list of military vehicle prototypes for which the company has supplied advanced energy storage solutions.

You may also be interested in...

SBIRS GEO-5 Satellite Lockheed Martin

Lockheed-Made SBIRS GEO-5 Satellite Set for Launch Next Year

Lockheed Martin has announced the launch readiness of an upcoming military space satellite designed to provide missile warning via infrared technology. The company said Wednesday its fifth Space-Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite or SBIRS GEO-5 is set for flight in 2021, following the satellite's completion in October this year.

Parsons

Parsons Announces New Products for Cloud Native Streaming

Parsons has unveiled a new series of cloud products designed to help government and commercial customers process large amounts of data while ensuring lesser infrastructure costs. The company said Wednesday it will offer cloud native stream platforms to deliver the scalability needed to maximize cloud resources.

Bitglass

Bitglass Gets FedRAMP OK for Secure Cloud Access Offering

Bitglass has earned a certification under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program for a platform developed to protect any interaction between devices, applications, on-premises resources, infrastructure and web destinations.