Saft supplying new battery for 155mm howitzer

A 155mm howitzer system used by the U.S. army and Marine Corps are receiving a new battery system from Saft to power its fire control unit.
By Richard Tomkins   |   May 29, 2014 at 12:43 AM

COCKEYSVILLE, Md., May 29 (UPI) -- 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.

"This partnership with BAE Systems highlights the superiority of Li-ion Super-Phosphate technology and represents Saft's unique ability to enhance the weapon systems market with a new battery system," said Thomas Alcide, general manager of Saft's Specialty Battery Group. "Saft looks forward to further developing advanced technology batteries and expanding our portfolio of offerings for military weapons."

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