International Battery announced it has been awarded $2.1 million in federal appropriations funding, secured by U.S. Representative Charles W. Dent through the Department of Defense. This award will fund work aimed at the development for a new Silent Watch system with high energy storage capabilities for use in U.S. combat tactical vehicles.
The Non Primary Power System (NPS 1160) is modeled on International Battery's large format Iron Phosphate cells and Battery Management System (BMS) technology manufactured in the U.S. The goal of this program is to test and deliver prototypes aimed at creating increased power in military combat and silent watch vehicles. The potential for this technology is very significant in both size and growth in these modular systems. With the added rolling Silent Watch requirements and tight space claims within the military, these systems offer the scalability and modularity to fit multiple platforms.
International Battery's U.S. based manufacturing facility will offer several advantages in the rapid development of Iron Phosphate batteries including: clean and environmentally safe setting through the use of its water based manufacturing process; higher energy density and longer life cycle than those achieved from current conventional lead-acid batteries.
International Battery's award is among an initial base contract with several options to follow that will allow a path for International Battery's strength of engineering and manufacturing to lead Silent Watch technologies into the future. The total funding package will help to create International Battery's future capability of adding more high-paying jobs in Allentown, Pennsylvania. This technology footprint represents additional market growth capability for the commercial markets, such as trucks, buses and future stationary power applications.