Batteries and communications systems manufacturer Ultralife has secured a contract from the US Army for the supply of conformal wearable batteries.

The firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract has $168m value. The award has a three-year base performance period and six one-year options.

The contract value will increase up to an additional $350m if the options are exercised.

Ultralife noted that the timing of deliveries and quantities are at the US Army’s preference.

According to the company, the contract includes ‘successful completion of First Article Testing demonstrating full compliance with the contractual product specifications and programme requirements’.

The contract has been awarded as part of a $1.25bn multiple-award contract for conformal wearable batteries.

The battery programme is being developed under the US Army’s Tactical Power Generation Program.

Ultralife president and CEO Michael Popielec said: “Ultralife is a long-standing supplier to the US military and our products are recognised for their long-life, unsurpassed safety record and reliability under the toughest conditions.

“Our selection to participate in what could be a military battery programme extending up to nine years, demonstrates the effectiveness of our new product development strategy of designing and building technically advanced batteries in collaboration with our strategic partners.

“We look forward to expanding our heritage of supporting soldier modernisation initiatives by providing the highest quality, mission-critical power solutions.”

The lightweight, lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable batteries, which are commonly used for portable electronics and electric vehicles (EVs), will provide army troops with a power source that can sustain dismounted operations in remote areas for up to 24 hours.

The Li-ion batteries will enhance ‘soldier mobility’ by reducing the weight and quantity of batteries needed to be carried.

In October 2018, Ultralife secured a contract to deliver vehicle communications systems for use by the US Department of Defense (DoD).