BAE Systems has awarded Saft a $2-million multi-year contract to design and supply lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery modules for hybrid-electric military vehicles—the Future Combat System (FCS) Manned Ground Vehicles (MGVs).
Saft will supply its VL-V Li-ion battery technology for the NLOS-C (Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon) vehicle scheduled to be fielded by 2008, featuring integrated battery monitoring and status electronics as well as a breakthrough thermal management system.
The battery’s ability to withstand extreme temperatures is critical to hybrid military vehicle automotive applications.
This is a significant contract award for Saft. The experience and knowledge gained over the past five years supporting earlier Armored Demonstration Vehicles gave us a sound foundation on which to base our proposed program.—Jim Miller, Saft High Voltage Battery Module Program manager
The current concept of the NLOS-C vehicle is a self-propelled diesel-electric hybrid, 18.1-ton (24-ton at full combat capacity) 155mm cannon with a crew of two. The vehicle is expected to have a maximum speed of 90 kph (56 mph) on a road, 56 kph (35 mph) off-road, with a range of 30 km (19 miles).
Saft earlier this year launched a new joint venture with Johnson Controls to supply advanced-technology batteries for current- and future-generation hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs) at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. (Earlier post.)
BAE’s HybriDrive system powers the Orion VII diesel-electric hybrid buses. (Earlier post.)