Ann Arbor-based Arotech Corp., a provider of defense and security products for the military and law enforcement markets, today announced its power systems division has received an $8.5 million order from the Israel Ministry of Defense for rechargeable batteries.
“The purchase of batteries and charging systems tailored to the modern battlefield will bring a quantum leap in the command and control capabilities of the Israel Defense Forces’ combat units,” says Eliezer Hasson, senior director for C4I Procurement at the Israel Ministry of Defense.
The order for 70,000 batteries to operate radios and other systems will be manufactured by an Arotech subsidiary located in the town of Sderot in southern Israel.
Arotech develops high-end primary and secondary batteries and associated chargers. The company is believed to be the sole supplier of high power zinc-air batteries to the U.S. military.
“The Israel Defense Forces, famous for their cutting-edge technology, have once again chosen to rely on Arotech-produced hardware,” says Steven Esses, president and CEO of Arotech. “This was an extremely competitive tender … against the substantial competition of five well-regarded companies, four Israeli and one American.”
The Israel Ministry of Defense also has an option to order an additional $8.5 million of rechargeable batteries on the same terms. Delivery is expected to begin by the end of the year.
Arotech operates two businesses, including its power systems division, and a training and simulation division. The company has locations in Michigan, Delaware, South Carolina, and Israel.