Saab has awarded energy options agency EaglePicher Applied sciences a contract to design and fabricate a 24-volt lithium-ion battery for the Gripen E-series supersonic multirole fighter plane.
The settlement is a milestone for Saab’s fight jet program as it would produce the primary lithium-ion-based energy supply for the Gripen plane.
EaglePicher labored on an identical challenge within the early 2000s, when the corporate was contracted to develop the primary lithium-ion battery for the US Air Pressure’s B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.
“EaglePicher’s legacy is in aviation and aerospace. We’re thrilled to accomplice with the gifted group at Saab on this modern plane.” EaglePicher CEO Wealthy Hunter said.
Gripen’s New Battery
In accordance with EaglePicher, Gripen’s newest battery could be built-in as a main and emergency energy supply to “enhance redundancy and add robustness” for the jet.
It incorporates superior charging, efficiency electronics expertise, and an influence administration system with a bi-directional communications connection for enhanced situational consciousness.
The system will leverage the battery to make use of avionics and weapon techniques and maintain operability in austere, low-temperature environments.
As soon as put in, the part is anticipated to assist longer deployments and diminished upkeep for the plane.
Batteries beneath this system are certified beneath the Federal Aviation Administration’s RTCA DO-311A security requirements and RTCA DO178, DAL A software program requirements.