11 May 04. AGM Batteries Ltd has launched a new Lithium-ion secondary (rechargeable) cell with an increased capacity of 6Ah, designed to deliver more power to the modern soldier. In meeting the 6Ah specified by CECOM for the widely used BB2590/U battery pack, AGM’s new cell is the first Lithium-ion secondary which does not sacrifice performance characteristics such as cycle life and low temperature performance. CECOM is the US agency responsible for the development and acquisition of superior technologies and systems for America’s military. The high capacity cell (ICR36550HC) further extends AGM’s product portfolio, having launched its K2 cell, with inbuilt safety electronics, in March 2004 and its Chikara cell, designed to deliver 24-hour mission life, in September 2003. In addition to providing higher capacity and offering superior mission life, AGM’s latest cell benefits from all the advantages of Lithium-ion technology. This cell technology is already being used by AGM’s sister company AEA Battery Systems in the batteries for the UK MOD’s new BOWMAN communications
12 May 04. Northrop Grumman has completed laboratory testing of a 1/5th scale model of a new, embedded antenna that could replace the current SATCOM antenna in the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Hawkeye early warning and battle management aircraft. The milestone represents the company’s most significant progress to date in developing cost-effective ways to embed antennas in
the load-bearing, composite structures of next-generation aircraft and
ships. Northrop Grumman conducted the work as part of a $2.5-million,
two-and-a-half year manufacturing technology contract awarded by the
Office of Naval Research in June 2003.