Arotech Division to Develop Zinc-Air Batteries for UAVs

January 19, 2005 by Jeff Shepard

Arotech Corp. (New York) announced that its Batteries and Power Systems Division has received a second development contract from a major US agency. Under the contract, Arotech's Electric Fuel Battery Corp. subsidiary will develop prototype zinc-air batteries for small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to achieve extended flight times. The funding is expected to cover development costs.

Arotech has previously announced contracts with an Israeli Defense Agency to develop prototype zinc-air batteries for Micro Aerial Vehicles and has demonstrated that its fourth-generation zinc-air batteries achieve longer mission durations than that of high-performance lithium batteries. In addition, the technology is being funded separately by BAA and Plus Up frameworks.