NEWARK, NY /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Ultralife Batteries Inc. has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $10.9 million by a supplier to a major defense contractor for the production and delivery of Ultralife's UBI-2590 lithium ion rechargeable batteries and CH0003 six-bay battery chargers produced by its McDowell Research unit. The batteries and chargers will be used to power a system to counter improvised explosive devices. Deliveries are expected to begin immediately and be completed in the first quarter of 2007.
"With products produced by both Ultralife and our McDowell Research operating unit, this award clearly illustrates the strength and value of our complementary, world-class power system offerings. Ultralife was chosen as the exclusive supplier because of the industry-leading performance and high-quality reputation of our batteries and chargers," said John D. Kavazanjian, Ultralife's president and chief executive officer. "Building on awards we have received from other prime contractors, this award serves to expand our presence in the highly attractive military prime contractor market, where our engineering expertise creates an unmatched competitive advantage."
Ultralife's UBI-2590 lithium ion rechargeable battery has two independent 15 V sections, each with protection electronics and state-of-charge displays, enabling users to operate the battery in either 15 V or 30 V modes. The UBI-2590 is the most advanced battery of its type and is designed to power demanding military as well as commercial devices. In addition to military applications, its usage has been spread over many markets including law enforcement, homeland security, scientific research, medical, surveillance and mining. Applications include military communications devices, robotics, power grid surveillance sensors, remote data collection devices, video detection systems and scientific monitoring equipment.
The CH0003 battery charger, manufactured by Ultralife's McDowell Research operating unit, is a self-contained charger that provides a reliable and consistent recharge of up to six batteries simultaneously. The charger auto-senses the battery type to ensure that the proper charging profile is used. The CH0003 can be both powered in the field from vehicles and generators and in base locations. A wide range of AC and DC input voltages allows for operation from nearly any power source likely to be encountered worldwide.
About Ultralife Batteries, Inc.
Ultralife is a global provider of high-energy power solutions and communications accessories for diverse applications. The company develops, manufactures, and markets a wide range of nonrechargeable and rechargeable batteries, charging systems, and accessories, including power supplies, amplifiers, amplified speakers, equipment mounts, case equipment, and integrated communications systems for markets including military, industrial, and consumer portable electronics. Through its portfolio of standard products and engineered solutions, Ultralife is at the forefront of providing the next generation of power systems and accessories. Industrial, retail, and government customers include General Dynamics, Philips Medical Systems, General Motors, Energizer, Kidde Safety, Lowe's, Radio Shack, and the national defense agencies of the U.S., U.K., Germany, Australia, and New Zealand, among others.
Ultralife's headquarters and principal manufacturing and research facilities are in Newark, NY, near Rochester. Ultralife's three other operating units are Ultralife Batteries (UK) Ltd., in Abingdon, England; McDowell Research in Waco, TX; and ABLE New Energy in Shenzhen, China. Detailed information on Ultralife is available on the company's Web site.