Saft has received a $4 million order from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) for its enhanced BA 5590 lithium-sulfur dioxide (Li-SO2) batteries. The BA 5590A/U model features a new state of charge indicator (SOCI), which is an addition to the existing BA 5590B/U battery. Both versions will continue to be available to meet the dynamic needs of military field communication applications.
The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command (CELCMC) recently standardized the specifications for the BA 5590A/U battery to include the state of charge indicator. Saft is currently the only manufacturer to offer a qualified BA 5590A/U with SOCI, based on the new standardization in MIL-PRF 49471B.
The state of charge indicator allows the soldier to determine the amount of capacity that remains in the battery and will prevent waste of partially spent batteries. Without this technology the soldier would typically use a new battery every time he or she went on a new mission to ensure that there would be enough power. The BA 5590 battery is the U.S. military’s most widely used portable energy source, powering many types of communication devices used in combat throughout the armed services.