Ultralife, a provider of high-energy power solutions, has entered into a technology partnership with Mississippi State University to develop fuel cell-battery portable power systems. According to a company statement, the goal of the program is to provide power for long endurance military missions. Under the contract, which is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, Ultralife will work with Mississippi State researchers to oversee the testing, approval, and manufacture of a new compact battery to be used in handheld tactical radios. In addition, the company will establish a development and assembly operation in West Point, Mississippi, that is expected to create at least 30 new jobs. "MSU's exceptional capabilities in many areas of engineering and technology will be central to our efforts to continue to develop our industry-leading military power products to meet the increasingly demanding requirements of military applications," says John D. Kavazanjian, president and CEO of Ultralife. "We look forward to pursuing additional research opportunities with MSU." Work is expected to begin during the first half of this year
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