General Atomics to provide batteries for US Dry Combat Submersible
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to provide Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant (LiFT) battery systems for use on U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) new Dry Combat Submersible (DCS), a long endurance delivery vehicle capable of transporting divers in a dry environment.
The GA-EMS LiFT battery system will power the DCS propulsion and internal support systems.
According to GA, the LiFT battery systems are high energy density solutions for both manned and unmanned underwater vehicles. LiFT’s single cell fault tolerance prevents uncontrolled and catastrophic cascading cell failure.
In April of this year, the LiFT battery system successfully underwent at-sea on-hull demonstration testing on a USSOCOM undersea vehicle, the company further said.
“We are extremely proud to have our LiFT battery system selected in support of Lockheed Martin’s contract to build USSOCOM’s new dry submersible,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS.