A lot of battery

AEA Technology has won a contract in the region of £47 million to supply the batteries and chargers for the UK MoD’s Bowman battlefield communications systems programme.

AEA Technology has won a contract in the region of £47 million to supply the batteries and chargers for the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Bowman battlefield communications systems programme.

The £47 million package price, the majority of which will go to AEA Technology, includes the initial spares. The contract, which covers a four year supply period, has been awarded by the MoD’s prime contractor for the Bowman programme, General Dynamics UK Limited.

During the period of the contract, up to 140,000 battery packs, using AEA Technology’s Lithium-ion Kaizen cells, and 10,000 chargers will be supplied. They will be used in portable radios, handheld computers and encryption devices.

The battery packs and chargers will be supplied by AEA Battery Systems. The Kaizen cells which go into the packs will be supplied by AGM Batteries, AEA Technology’s joint venture with Japan Storage Battery and Mitsubishi Materials Corporation.