Electric Fuel Awarded Battlefield Battery Contract

July 09, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

Electric Fuel Corp. (New York) announced it has received a contract to provide prototype zinc-air batteries for battlefield drones. The new batteries will provide the military's man-portable battlefield drones with longer range and flying time than existing battery alternatives.

The company also plans to develop and produce advanced zinc-air batteries for other unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and micro-air vehicles (MAVs). Electric Fuel's solutions for UAVs and MAVs are high-power, lightweight versions of its advanced zinc-air cells, which have a specific energy of 400Wh/kg. The company will showcase its high-energy and high-power capabilities at Unmanned Systems 2002, in Orlando, FL, from July 9-11, 2002. The symposium and exhibition are sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.