09 Jan 08. Lockheed Martin has signed an exclusive international rights agreement to integrate and market Electrical Energy Storage Units (EESU) from EEStor, Inc., for military and homeland security applications. Specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed. EEStor, based in Cedar Park, TX, is developing a ceramic battery chemistry that could provide 10 times the energy density of lead acid batteries at 1/10th the weight and volume. As envisioned, EESUs will be a fully “green” technology that will be half the price per stored watt-hour than traditional battery technologies. EESUs are planned as nontoxic, non-hazardous and non-explosive. Since the EESU design is based on ultra-capacitor architecture, it will allow for flexible packaging and rapid charge/discharge capabilities. EESUs will be ideally suited for a wide range of power management initiatives that could lead to energy independence for the Warfighter.
08 Jan 08. Northrop, Oshkosh Team To Compete for JLTV. Northrop Grumman and Oshkosh Trucking have teamed up to compete for the multibillion-dollar, 160,000-vehicle Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) competition being pursued by a host of powerhouse industry teams planning to build a next-generation Humvee. “We are opening a new office outside TACOM [Tank Automotive and Armaments Command] in a few weeks, and we will start bending metal on prototypes almost immediately,” said retired Army Maj. Gen. Joe Taylor, Northrop vice president of land combat systems. The Northrop-Oshkosh team wants to begin work before the formal request for proposal (RFP) is released in the next few months. (Source: Defense News)