Industrial battery giant EnerSys has won two contracts from the US military to supply VRLA batteries to the US Army and Marine Corps.
The deal is for Hawker Armasafe Plus batteries that feature Enersys’ thin plate pure lead technology— this uses a greater number of thinner lead plates rather than fewer thick lead plates within the battery. This increases the power density of the batteries and allows them to be charged at a higher rate. The Armasafe Plus batteries can be charged in a quarter of the time of conventional batteries.
The contract is for supply of the 12V batteries until February 2017. Enersys has a long-standing supply relationship with the US military having supplied 1.5m of the Armasafe Plus batteries to-date from its Missouri production site.
The Armasafe Plus range has been developed to operate in temperatures ranging between -40°C to 80°C. The batteries are used in tactical vehicles, aircraft and submarines for operations worldwide.