Saft Wins $1.2 Million DLA Contract to Improve the ALPS Battery for the Long-Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System

  Saft Wins $1.2 Million DLA Contract to Improve the ALPS Battery for the
  Long-Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System

Business Wire

COCKEYSVILLE, Md. -- January 15, 2013

Saft, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of high technology
batteries for industry, has been awarded a one-year, $1.2 million contract by
the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to make manufacturing improvements to the
Advanced Lithium Power Source (ALPS) battery, the compact energy storage unit
with integrated charger developed as a portable energy source in the field.

The funding will advance the technical and manufacturing readiness of the ALPS
battery for use in a variety of applications, including the Long-Range
Advanced Scout Surveillance System (LRAS3). The LRAS3 is a high-tech,
multi-sensor system that detects, recognizes, identifies and pinpoints
long-range target locations in virtually any conditions. The improved ALPS
battery will provide a lower cost, lightweight power source with a longer
lifecycle and quicker recharging capacity.

Saft will provide a total of 10 ALPS batteries to the U.S. Army
Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center
(CERDEC). Some units will be supplied to the U.S. Army Product Manager, Ground
Sensors, for field testing. Improvements to the ALPS will enable Saft to
manufacture and market the battery for additional defense applications.

The new ALPS battery will adapt components of the highly successful Lithium
Battery Box (LBB) for the Improved Target Acquisition System Lithium Battery
Box (ITAS) developed for the TOW missile system. The ALPS integrated charger
version will offer 24 to 28V and consist of a 100 Amp hour energy storage unit
with built-in charging functionality compatible with 28V MIL vehicle batteries
and AC generators.

Compared to the current LRAS3 power sources, the improved ALPS system will be
lighter by 187 pounds, provide a 200 percent increase in silent watch time and
reduce recharging time by 300 percent. The system will be capable of serving
as a remote energy source, able to power critical sighting and communications
equipment and recharge from tactical vehicles.

“The ALPS battery will provide greater power capacity, speed and efficiencies
in the field which are crucial to mission success for our military personnel,”
said Thomas Alcide, General Manager of Saft’s Specialty Battery Group. “Saft
is proud that this contract and our partnership with the Defense Logistics
Agency will result in manufacturing improvements that will meet additional
tactical needs in the future.”

About Saft

Saft (Euronext: Saft) is a world leader in the design and manufacture of
advanced technology batteries for industry. The Group is the world’s leading
manufacturer of nickel batteries and primary lithium batteries for the
industrial infrastructure and processes, transportation, civil and military
electronics’ markets. Saft is the world leader in space and defense batteries
with its Li-ion technologies which are also being deployed in the energy
storage, transportation and telecommunication markets. Saft’s 4,000 employees
present in 19 countries, together with its 16 manufacturing sites and
extensive sales network, all contribute to accelerating the Group’s growth for
the future.

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