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.

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