ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Arotech Corporation (Nasdaq GM: ARTX) today announced that its U.S. Power Systems Division, UEC Electronics, has recently received a $2.6 million contract from the Marine Corps to design, develop and deliver four MEHPS systems.
MEHPS portable solutions combine battery technology with existing generator and solar solutions to power forward deployed units. The MEHPS product harnesses solar power and intelligently reduces run-time on generators, reducing fuel consumption and extending generator life.
"The Department of Defense continues to advance initiatives that will increase energy efficiency and enable our forces to perform missions, while acknowledging energy as a potential vulnerability," said Steven Esses, President and CEO of Arotech. "Demand for renewable and hybrid energy power generation systems continues to grow and Arotech is well positioned to capitalize on a significant opportunity. This contract award is a testament to our team and the performance of our product. We are excited about this opportunity and are optimistic that this award could lead to additional orders in the future."
UEC Electronics previously designed and developed a smaller hybrid power solution for the Marine Corps. The 1kW Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network System (GREENS) is now being produced by UEC under a $40.8 million IDIQ contract.
This latest MEHPS award is for a scalable (up to 15kW) design for use at forward operating bases and is a significant part of the DoD's strategy to reduce fuel consumption by 25% prior to 2025. The Marine Corp's roadmap calls for MEHPS production beginning in 2018.
International customers are watching the MEHPS program as well. MEHPS was one of four "pathfinder" projects announced by Prime Minister Modi (India) and President Obama in January 2015 under the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative.
About Arotech's Power Systems Division
Arotech's Power Systems Division is a leading provider of primary and rechargeable batteries and chargers for defense and other military applications and of electronic components and subsystems primarily for military, aerospace and industrial customers. Arotech develops and produces high power zinc-air batteries and is believed to be the sole supplier of this technology to the U.S. military. In addition, Arotech develops high-end primary and secondary batteries and associated chargers, as well as (i) hybrid power generation systems, (ii) smart power subsystems for military vehicles and dismounted applications, and (iii) aircraft and missile systems support for cutting-edge weapons and communications technologies, and has vast experience in working with government agencies, the military and large corporations. The Power Systems Division consists of Electric Fuel Battery Corporation (www.efbpower.com), Epsilor-Electric Fuel Ltd. (www.epsilor.com; www.electric-fuel.com), and UEC Electronics, LLC (www.uec-electronics.com).
About Arotech Corporation
Arotech Corporation is a leading provider of quality defense and security products for the military, law enforcement and homeland security markets, including multimedia interactive simulators/trainers and advanced zinc-air and lithium batteries and chargers. Arotech operates two major business divisions: Training and Simulation, and Power Systems.
Arotech is incorporated in Delaware, with corporate offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and research, development and production subsidiaries in Michigan, South Carolina, and Israel. For more information on Arotech, please visit Arotech's website at www.arotech.com.
U.S. Power Systems Division Contact:
Business Development Manager
Arotech Investor Relations Contacts:
Brett Maas / Rob Fink
(646) 536.7331 / (646) 415.8972
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