Gen­eral Atomics Lithium-Ion Bat­tery Sys­tem Se­lected for US Navy’s New Sub­mersible

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SAN DIEGO. Gen­eral Atomics Elec­tro­mag­netic Sys­tems (GA-EMS) an­nounced Septem­ber 22 that it has signed a con­tract with Lock­heed Martin to pro­vide Lithium-ion Fault Tol­er­ant (LiFT) bat­tery sys­tems for use on US Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­mand (USSOCOM) new Dry Com­bat Sub­mersible (DCS), a long en­durance de­liv­ery ve­hi­cle ca­pa­ble of trans­port­ing divers in a dry en­vi­ron­ment. The GA-EMS LiFT bat­tery sys­tem will power the DCS propul­sion and in­ter­nal sup­port sys­tems.

“We are ex­tremely proud to have our LiFT bat­tery sys­tem se­lected in sup­port of Lock­heed Martin’s con­tract to build USSOCOM’s new dry sub­mersible,” stated Scott For­ney, Pres­i­dent of GAEMS. “With safety as the num­ber one pri­or­ity, we have de­signed LiFT un­like any other Lithium-ion bat­tery sys­tem. Our unique so­lu­tion pro­vides the en­ergy needed to safely pro­pel and power the DCS at the dis­tances and depths re­quired to de­liver per­son­nel to their mis­sion des­ti­na­tion.”

LiFT bat­tery sys­tems are high en­ergy den­sity so­lu­tions for both manned and un­manned un­der­wa­ter ve­hi­cles. LiFT’s sin­gle cell fault tol­er­ance pre­vents un­con­trolled and cat­a­strophic cas­cad­ing cell fail­ure. This not only en­sures the safety of any on- board per­son­nel, but also en­sures sys­tems con­tinue to op­er­ate through faults to en­able mis­sion com­ple­tion.

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