November 28, 2010      

The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., are awarding a $3.1 million contract to EaglePicher Technologies LLC in Joplin, Mo., to develop an advanced lithium ion battery for aircraft as part of a project to increase the mission performance, operational capabilities, reduce the total ownership cost, and improve system readiness of naval air vehicles.

Awarding the contract for this aircraft battery last week were officials of the NAVAIR Propulsion and Power Engineering Department, Science and Technology Office.

The award is in response to a broad agency announcement (BAA N68335-09-R-0204) to provide NAVAIR with several kinds of new air vehicle technologies related to prognostics, diagnostics, and health monitoring systems for propulsion, power and drive systems, as well as advanced aircraft power systems, fuel technology, and aircraft energy conservation and environmental compliance.