EnerSys Awarded Contract for Military Vehicle Battery

August 01, 2005 by Jeff Shepard

EnerSys Inc. (Reading, PA), a manufacturer of industrial batteries, was awarded a contract by the US Department of Defense (DoD) worth $7 million for its Armasafe Plus® advanced military tactical vehicle battery. Armasafe Plus batteries, which incorporate EnerSys' proprietary thin-plate, pure-lead (TPPL) technology, will be supplied to the DoD over the next 12 months. This award represents the second-year option of a five-year contract awarded to EnerSys in 2004 by the Defense Logistics Agency's Defense Supply Center Richmond (Richmond, VA).

The batteries have delivered superior performance in battlefield situations in Iraq for the Stryker brigade and the Marine Corps, as well as in rigorous testing at military laboratories and on army bases in the US, such as Fort Hood. Armasafe Plus batteries have been in use by the UK military for several years and were recently qualified by the German army, resulting in a contract. EnerSys currently provides batteries to defense markets for tactical vehicles on the ground, aircraft in the air, and ships and submarines in the sea.

EnerSys Vice President of Aerospace and Defense Sanjay Deshpande remarked, "Our continued success in these demanding applications in the defense sector strengthens EnerSys' capability to provide rugged and reliable batteries to both our military customers around the world, and our non-military customers in the reserve power and motive power markets."