Navitas Systems been contracted by the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC) to develop second-generation batteries for military vehicles.

Under the $7.2m contract, Navitas will help develop an improved Gen 2 lithium-ion 6T battery.

The US Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) has already provided Navitas with funding to develop 24V Gen 1 lithium-ion 6T batteries.

As part of the new deal, the firm will deliver manufacturable beta versions of the Gen 2 batteries, which can be used in both legacy and advanced military vehicle systems.

The new batteries will be developed with higher cold-cranking capability, and increased energy density.

“It is an honour and a privilege to receive the NAMC award, which is focused on the development of a breakthrough Gen 2 6T battery.”

Navitas will deliver the batteries to Oshkosh Defense for in-vehicle integration and testing, which will be carried out at the Global Technology Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, US.

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According to Navitas, the testing will verify that the batteries meet military vehicle performance requirements.

Navitas System chairman and founder Alan ElShafei said: “It is an honour and a privilege to receive the NAMC award, which is focused on the development of a breakthrough Gen 2 6T battery for the US Military.

In October 2014, Navitas secured a $1.55m contract from Alion Science and Technology to develop a next-generation lithium-ion 6T battery system.

Image: Navitas has secured a contract to develop Gen 2 lithium-ion 6T batteries. Photo: courtesy of Navitas System, LLC Corporate.