Air Force seeks to boost manufacturing and affordability of lithium ion military battery power
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 11 July 2011. U.S. Air Force researchers are kicking off a program to establish a long-term, viable, world-class domestic manufacturer of high energy density lithium ion (Li-ion) military battery technology that is high-performance, well-built, reliable, and affordable for military applications such as long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), portable power for Army and Marine Corps infantrymen, long-endurance autonomous systems, tactical vehicles, unattended sensors, as well as reconnaissance and surveillance systems.
The program seeks to improve the technical capabilities and the business viability of domestic high-energy-density Li-ion battery suppliers to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) by helping to create a flexible production line able to build several battery sizes for military and commercial applications at affordable prices, even in low production runs.
Several companies could be chosen to participate in the program, Air Force officials say. The first phase of this multi-phase effort will be one year, during which the chosen contractors will demonstrate their technologies and their manufacturing processes. The second phase will be three years, during which the contractors will tool-up for low-rate initial production.
Contracts should be awarded by the end of this year. The total program value is about $24.4 million, Air Force researchers say. Companies interested should respond no later than 22 Aug. 2011. For questions, concerns, or to submit proposals, contact the Air Force's Cathie Stropki by phone at 937-255-5404, by e-mail at Catherine.email@example.com, or by post at Det 1 AFRL/PKMD, Bldg. 167, 2310 8th St., Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433-7801.
More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/USAF/AFMC/AFRLWRS/BAA-11-17-PKM/listing.html.