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European submarine operators eye lithium-ion battery technology

06 January 2017

Several European submarine operators appear to have moved closer to adopting lithium-ion battery technology for their respective next generation boats due to be acquired and commissioned in the mid-2020s, it emerged at Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) 2017 conference in Bremen.

The German Navy noted that its requirements for the next batch of two submarines to be acquired, in co-operation with Norway if further negotiations following a Memorandum of Intent in February 2017 are successful, includes increases in speed, endurance, and range. Speaking at UDT, Captain Joachim Brune, Head of the Test and Evaluation Centre, said "to meet these objectives we are looking at new fuel cells, and new battery technology lithium ion".

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