As a precursor to what Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. hopes will eventually be a much larger project, the Reno-based energy storage systems provider announced today the delivery of 40 advanced lithium ion battery systems in support of the U.S. Army’s M119 105mm lightweight gun digitization program.
This initial shipment of battery systems will be used as part of a military testing program aimed at improving the performance and safety attributes of the batteries currently being used in the M119. Upon success, the potential is there for Altairnano to become the battery supplier for all of the Army’s M119 105mm inventory. Clearly, Altairnano clearly feels their product is up to the test. “Altairnano’s advanced battery systems exhibit the widest operating temperature ranges and highest abuse tolerance of any lithium-ion battery available today,” said Terry Copeland, president and CEO, Altairnano. “The projected long-life of the batteries is also an important attribute, which is expected to help the military replace batteries less often than shorter-lived, conventional lithium-ion batteries.”
Testing of the batteries is expected to continue through this summer, at which point the decision will be made whether to go ahead and continue the gun digitization program using the battery systems supplied by Altairnano.
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