Ultralife Batteries Receives Second Contract to Provide Batteries for the US Army

April 24, 2000 by Jeff Shepard

Ultralife Batteries Inc. (Newark, NY) has received its second contract to provide primary (disposable) lithium-manganese dioxide pouch batteries for the US Army Land Warrior Program. The contract, valued at $200,000, will begin in April and will continue through August 2000.

The Land Warrior has been described as a soldier's sixth sense, featuring wearable communications, mapping and weapons gear, which gives ground soldiers a digital view of the battlefield on a helmet video display. It can also transmit voice, images, maps and orders. The US Army expects to procure approximately 34,000 Land Warrior systems by 2003.

Both primary and rechargeable batteries will be required for the program. Ultralife will supply the batteries, should the US Army decide to proceed with pouch batteries by that time.