Wed, Jun 25, 2003
Arotech Corporation tells us
that a prototype zinc-air battery developed by its Electric Fuel
subsidiary powered a Dragon Eye unmanned drone for the first time
in a flight test in California. The UAV flight test was conducted
as part of a demonstration program with partial funding from the US
Army, the Marine Corps and NASA.
Electric Fuel's Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) batteries are
high-power, lightweight versions of its most advanced zinc-air
cells. The Company believes its zinc air battery has the potential
to greatly extend the mission duration of this reconnaissance
In mid July, Electric Fuel will present its zinc-air battery
technology in two major military conferences -- the 2003 AUVSI's
Unmanned Systems Symposium & Exhibition in Baltimore, Maryland,
and the 2003 Tri-Service Power Expo in Norfolk, Virginia.
"UAV's clearly play an important role for the military" said
Arotech Chairman and CEO Robert S. Ehrlich, "and our first test
flight shows that with further development we can substantially
improve the UAV's mission duration."
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