4. Secondary Batteries (France)
Description: Secondary batteries, such as Lithium Polymer, are of great interest for military applications, due to their high energy density, high power density, long life cycle, and rapid charging/discharging abilities. These batteries are also lightweight, compact, vibration resistant, and have no magnetic signature. Potential applications include future electric vehicle propulsion (15 Kw or more of power), and Silent Watch (a few hundred watts of power). World leaders in the development of lithium batteries include the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, France, and Russia.
Justification: ASTMP goals include the identification of alternate power sources for vehicles, including vehicle systems applications and future electric propulsion.
Implementation: Existing agreements have potential to contribute to ASTMP goals and objectives.
Dr. Rodney Smith
Army Materiel Command
5001 Eisenhower Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22333-0001
Ms. Annette Chomsky
US Army CECOM
Ft. Monmouth, NJ 07703