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BAE SYSTEMS Selects Saft America, Inc. to Supply High Voltage Battery Module for FCS Manned Ground Vehicles.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- BAE Systems has selected the Space and Defense Division of Saft America Inc., based in Cockeysville, MD, to supply the Battery Module, High Voltage (BMHV) for the Future Combat System Manned Ground Vehicle program. BMHV is a critical component of the hybrid propulsion system.

"Saft America was selected after a thorough and competitive selection process based on their proven performance and solution to the MGV requirements. The solution they proposed represented the best value solution for the program and we are looking forward to working to integrate this critical technology," said Sam Cole, FCS Manned Ground Vehicle Program Manager for BAE Systems.

The value of the contract is $2 million. The BMHV is a sub-element of the Energy Storage System (ESS) which stores and releases electrical energy as required to support mobility and silent operations. The ESS contains multiple modular BMHV units.

BAE Systems, as part of the FCS One Team, is teamed with General Dynamics to develop and field a family of transportable, deployable, lethal, and survivable Manned Ground Vehicles. This next generation of combat vehicles will provide the majority of the firepower in the FCS-equipped Brigade Combat Teams and will be critical nodes in the overarching network that allows future soldiers to more effectively complete their missions.

The two companies have formed integrated design teams to develop and demonstrate the family of eight manned ground vehicles featuring a common platform design with common components and subsystems, with unique mission modules and all the variants linked together by networked battle command.

Under the FCS MGV contracts, BAE Systems has responsibility for five of the eight MGV variants: Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon (NLOS-C); Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV); Medical Vehicle (MV); Non-Line of Sight Mortar (NLOS-M), and FCS Recovery and Maintenance Vehicle (FRMV).

About BAE Systems:

BAE Systems is the premier transatlantic defense and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With more than 100,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems sales exceeded $28 billion in 2005.
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