New Arotech Battery to be Introduced
to U.S. Army Inventory
Army issues $478,000 order for
new light-weight BA-8140/U battery
19, 2005 - Arotech Corporation (NasdaqNM: ARTX) announced today
that its new BA-8140/U zinc-air battery, belonging to its Electric
Fuel subsidiary, will be stocked by the U.S. Army’s Communications
and Electronic Command (CECOM), under a $478,000 order. The new
battery will be used by the Army to power MBITR radios and other
Arotech is the sole supplier of
zinc-air batteries to the U.S. Army and has delivered tens of thousands
of its BA-8180/U zinc-air batteries to date. The new Electric Fuel
BA-8140/U zinc-air battery is a 12 Volt, 400 Watt-hour, non-rechargeable
battery pack, approximately half the size and weight of the BA-8180/U.
The BA-8140/U battery complements the existing BA-8180/U battery,
each serving different applications. Both batteries serve as mission
extenders by having a higher energy density.
“As part of our commitment
to serving the Army with products that enhance soldiers’ mission
capabilities, we have broadened our zinc-air battery range to service
new applications,” said Robert S. Ehrlich, Chairman and CEO
Zinc-air batteries are considerably
safer in combat situations, lighter for extended missions, more
economical and more environmentally friendly than lithium batteries.
Arotech’s Battery and Power
Systems Division is a leading provider of zinc-air and rechargeable
batteries and chargers for defense and security products and other
military applications. Arotech develops and produces high power
zinc-air batteries and is believed to be the sole supplier of this
technology to the US military. In addition, Arotech develops high-end
primary and secondary batteries and associated chargers and has
vast experience in working with government agencies, the military
and large corporations. The division also pioneers advancements
in zinc-air technology for electric vehicles.
The Battery and Power Systems
Division consists of Electric Fuel Battery Corporation, Electric
Fuel Ltd., and Epsilor Electronic Industries Ltd.
About Arotech Corporation
Arotech Corporation is a leading provider of quality defense and
security products for the military, law enforcement and homeland
security markets, including multimedia interactive simulators/trainers,
lightweight armoring and advanced zinc-air and lithium batteries
and chargers. Arotech operates through three major business divisions:
Armor, Simulation and Security and Battery and Power Systems.
Arotech is incorporated in Delaware, with corporate offices in Auburn,
Alabama, and research, development and production subsidiaries in
Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, California and Israel.
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