Saft said it has received a new contract from Textron Systems Unmanned Systems for Integrated Charger Batteries (ICBs) to power its next-generation Universal Ground Control Stations (UGCS).
The lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries will provide back-up power to the stations which control unmanned aerial systems (UAS).
Saft´s light-weight 28V ICB delivers 100 amp hours, while reducing the overall size of the required system. The batteries will provide emergency back-up power for a flight-critical function of the UGCS, and activated in the event of a power failure, allowing the UGCS to carry out critical UAS control missions.
Saft has been providing Textron Systems with ICBs since a contract was first signed in 2010, and is working to apply this unique technology to other applications in the future.
Textron Systems´s UGCS is designed to be a joint services solution, incorporating a flexible, scalable architecture to meet current and future US Department of Defense and international requirements.
Saft (Euronext: Saft) is a world leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for industry. The Group is the world´s leading manufacturer of nickel batteries and primary lithium batteries for the industrial infrastructure and processes, transportation, civil and military electronics´ markets.