BAE Systems to power manned ground vehicles with Saft America's battery module

SANTA CLARA, Calif., 24 May 2006. BAE Systems has selected the Space and Defense Division of Saft America Inc. of Cockeysville, Md., to supply the battery module, high voltage (BMHV) for the Future Combat System Manned Ground Vehicle program. BMHV is a component of the hybrid propulsion system. The value of the contract is $2 million.

May 24th, 2006

SANTA CLARA, Calif., 24 May 2006. BAE Systems has selected the Space and Defense Division of Saft America Inc. of Cockeysville, Md., to supply the battery module, high voltage (BMHV) for the Future Combat System Manned Ground Vehicle program. BMHV is a component of the hybrid propulsion system. The value of the contract is $2 million.

The BMHV is a sub-element of the Energy Storage System (ESS), which stores and releases electrical energy as required to support mobility and silent operations. The ESS contains multiple modular BMHV units.

BAE Systems, part of the FCS One Team, is working with General Dynamics to develop transportable, deployable, lethal, and survivable Manned Ground Vehicles. These combat vehicles will provide a majority of the firepower in the FCS-equipped Brigade Combat Teams.

The two companies have formed integrated design teams to develop and demonstrate eight manned ground vehicles, which feature a common platform design, and common components and subsystems. Unique mission modules and all variants are linked by networked battle command.

Under the FCS MGV contracts, BAE Systems is responsible for five of the eight MGV variants: Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon (NLOS-C), Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV), Medical Vehicle (MV), Non-Line of Sight Mortar (NLOS-M), and FCS Recovery and Maintenance Vehicle (FRMV).

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