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GA-EMS delivers batteries for DCS

19th February 2018 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has delivered the first shipset of Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant (LiFT) batteries for the US Special Operations Command’s new Dry Combat Submersible (DCS) vehicle.

The DCS vehicle is designed to transport personnel long distances underwater to mission sites.

GA-EMS is under contract with Lockheed Martin to provide LiFT batteries to power the DCS propulsion and internal support systems.

LiFT’s modular design and single cell fault tolerance has been designed to prevent uncontrolled and catastrophic cascading Lithium-ion cell failure, improving the safety of personnel and platforms while keeping power available for high mission assurance.

The high energy density LiFT battery systems have undergone rigorous at-sea testing, including use in other undersea vehicles.

Rolf Ziesing, vice president of programs at GA-EMS, said: ‘We have made significant investment in developing the LiFT battery concept and have successfully demonstrated the reliability and resiliency of the LiFT battery system in realistic undersea conditions as well as in extreme testing environments.

‘We are proud to be supporting this programme and are excited to deliver the first battery system for DCS. This milestone represents a big step forward in meeting the demand for safer and more capable battery systems for undersea applications.’

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