Saft to deliver e6T Li-ion batteries to Lockheed Martin for U.S. Army and Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV)

  Saft to deliver e6T Li-ion batteries to Lockheed Martin for U.S. Army and
  Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) Program

Business Wire

COCKEYSVILLE, Md. -- May 15, 2013

Saft, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technology
batteries for industry, has been awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin for
delivery of e6T Li-ion battery systems for the engineering and manufacturing
development (EMD) phase of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) Program.

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) designed to provide protected, sustained,
networked mobility for ...

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) designed to provide protected, sustained,
networked mobility for personnel and payloads across the full range of
military operations. (Photo: (C) Lockheed Martin)

The JLTV program will produce a family of vehicles capable of performing
multiple mission roles that will be designed to provide protected, sustained,
networked mobility for personnel and payloads across the full range of
military operations. JLTV objectives include increased protection and
performance over the current fleet; minimizing ownership costs by maximizing
commonality, fuel efficiency, reliability, and maintaining effective
competition throughout the lifecycle.

The Saft e6T Li-ion battery system features an advanced, lightweight design
within the dimensions of a traditional lead-acid battery, enabling easy
integration into the vehicle. The system provides power for starting, lights
and ignition, as well as for silent watch missions, while also providing
critical front-line power to recharge personal electronics like night sights
and GPS devices. The 25.5V battery features CANBus communications technology
which relays vital information such as state-of-charge, cell voltages and
temperatures, and battery diagnostics.

Saft will deliver 59 batteries in total to Lockheed Martin for vehicle
prototypes scheduled for delivery during the 33-month EMD phase, followed by a
final competition after which a production contract will be awarded, around
2015. Lockheed Martin represents one of the three competing development teams.
If the Lockheed Martin team is selected, Saft would potentially produce e6T
Li-ion batteries for JLTV production to take place over an eight year period.

The EMD-phase contract for Saft calls for delivery of battery systems in 2013.
The JLTV program allows Saft to further demonstrate the capabilities of its
maintenance-free e6T battery system for military ground vehicles, already
being demonstrated in the Improved Battery System program for the Marine
Corps.

“Working on the JLTV program with Lockheed Martin gives us a unique
opportunity to continue delivering industry-best power solutions to the U.S.
military,” said Thomas Alcide, General Manager of Saft’s Specialty Battery
Group. “Saft is proud to be an integral part of a project that has the
potential to serve and protect our service personnel and help save lives,
while delivering high performance and value for money.”

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 18 countries, together with its 15 manufacturing sites and
extensive sales network, all contribute to accelerating the Group’s growth for
the future.

For more information, visit Saft at www.saftbatteries.com.

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Jill Ledger, +33 1 49 93 17 77
Saft Corporate Communication and Institutional Relations Director
jill.ledger@saftbatteries.com
or
Nicole Haslip, + 410-568-6452
U.S. Communications Manager
nicole.haslip@saftbatteries.com
or
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