Saft has been chosen by ACK Technologies, Inc. to provide Lithium-sulfur-dioxide (Li-SOâ‚‚) batteries to support emergency location transmitters (ELT) used in general aviation and commercial aviation aircraft. The company will deliver more than 60,000 batteries during the next three years.
Saft’s primary Li-SOâ‚‚ cells will power the E-04 406 ELT, which, in the event of a plane crash, will emit a rescue signal for 24-hours. The product has received FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) TSO C-126 and TSO C-91a approvals. The battery pack is approved under TSO C-142a and meets the highest safety and reliability standards of the aircraft industry.
“Saft is proud to take on this important contract,” said Richard Boyens, general manager of the Valdese Specialty Battery Group business unit. “We are focused, alongside ACK Technologies, on providing a safe, reliable aircraft product that will deliver high-performance in the unfortunate event of a crash. We are excited to support this production with our innovative lithium technology.”
The contract is an important production opportunity for Saft’s Valdese, N.C. factory, and it broadens the wide number of applications already served by Saft’s Li-SOâ‚‚ cells.