Lithium-ion battery solution selected for USSOCOM submersible vehicle

SAN DIEGO. U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) officials selected General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) to develop and deliver a prototype Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant (LiFT) battery system capable of powering 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 to deliver the battery systems for integration and testing.

Scott Forney, president at GA-EMS, says “In addition to this new contract, we have delivered prototype LiFT battery systems for the DoD’s small, portable Semi-Autonomous Hydrographic Reconnaissance Vehicle and for SOCOM’s new dry undersea mobility platform.”

The LiFT battery system’s modular design and single cell fault tolerance is designed to prevent uncontrolled and catastrophic cascading cell failure, improving the safety of personnel and platforms while keeping power available for high mission assurance.

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