The U.S. Army‘s Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center collaborates withÂ theÂ U.S. Air Force, theÂ U.S. NavyÂ and industry partners to explore hybrid power systems for a proposedÂ Future Vertical Lift program.
The multiservice collaboration builds upon previous work on a lithium-ion battery technology that was designed to help powerÂ F-22 aircraft, the firstÂ Mars Rover and U.S. missile defense systems, the Army said Thursday.
Lithium-ion technology made through the partnership was also applied to theÂ ArmyÂ Aviation Mission Command’s Tube-Launched Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided, Improved Target Acquisition System.
“When my AMCOM counterpart called, our industry partner was already looking to build large-scale lithium-ion cells to potentially use in electric vehicles, aircraft and space satellites,” said Ed Plichta, chief scientist for power and energy at CERDEC.
“They had developed a large format 40 amp-per-hour cell for this purpose, and it seemed to be the right size for the power and energy needed to drive the ITAS,” Plichta added.
CERDEC and its partners aim to develop hybrid energy storage systems for potential use in all-electric systems and platforms.