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GA-EMS to provide LiFT batteries for USSOCOM

26th October 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has received a contract from the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to develop and deliver a prototype Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant (LiFT) battery system, the company announced on 22 October.

The battery system is required to power the propulsion and support systems for manned undersea vehicles capable of transporting special operations forces and payloads for a variety of missions.

USSOCOM undersea mobility platforms can be deployed from the shore and various host platforms. GA-EMS is under contract to deliver the prototype for integration and testing.

The battery system’s single cell fault tolerance is 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 flexible architecture of the high energy density LiFT battery system can be configured to meet the most demanding needs of manned and UUVs.

LiFT battery systems have undergone rigorous at-sea testing, including use in other undersea vehicles that have been classified by Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd, an international accredited registrar and classification society for the maritime industry.

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