DLA contracts for Saft batteries

Nov. 26, 2012 at 6:49 AM

VALDESE, N.C., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency has given a North Carolina battery maker a five-year contract for lithium sulfur dioxide batteries.

Saft said its BA 5590 batteries are long-lasting and lightweight and will be used by the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps in portable systems such as radios and surveillance equipment.

The contract is an indefinite-quantity award with a maximum value of as much as $98 million. Orders will be demand-based.

"The heritage of these field-tested batteries has been demonstrated for more than 20 years," said Thomas Alcide, general manager of Saft's Specialty Battery Group. "Saft is proud to be able to provide superior quality and performance at the best value to our military clients."

Saft said a full 100 percent of U.S. military needs for lithium sulfur dioxide batteries are covered under the award.

The company expects to receive its first orders under the contract next year.

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