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    US Special Operations Command Successfully Tests New Lithium Super-Battery

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    The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has successfully tested a radical new Lithium-ion battery on one of its undersea vehicles, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems said in a news release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The battery system has been developed for use in both manned and unmanned underwater vehicles to provide high-energy density, the release noted.

    "The LiFT battery, integrated on the undersea vehicle by Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, achieved… certification and over 60 hours of at-sea ‘underway under battery power’ time with no failures," the release stated on Monday.

    The testing verified the battery system's capability to provide the power necessary for submersible propulsion, according to General Atomics.

    "Unlike prior Lithium-ion battery technologies… [the] LiFT battery system offers a single cell fault tolerance to prevent uncontrolled cascading failure. This means the battery is capable of surviving a catastrophic cell failure," General Atomics Program Manager Paul Clark said in the release.

    The new battery offers unique thermal management to prevent thermal runaway conditions and can be quickly and cost-effectively developed for numerous Defense Department platforms, including ground vehicles and aircraft, the release added.

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