Gulfstream Aerospace has chosen Securaplane’s lithium-ion battery as standard equipment on its new G650 business jet. The multi-million-dollar deal marks the first time a Gulfstream aircraft will feature the technology, proven some 50-percent lighter than conventional NiCad or lead-acid batteries and carrying a higher energy density.
The subsidiary of UK-based Meggitt (Hall 2B G125) has calculated that the weight reduction per shipset equates to nearly one passenger. The Securaplane system includes the main ship, emergency and flight control backup batteries with integral charging and control electronics.
Because the system comes with built-in monitoring, operators will benefit from the chance to schedule timely maintenance. Along with lower fuel burn resulting from the system’s lighter weight, such capability reduces the cost of ownership “significantly,” according to Securaplane parent company Meggitt Plc.
Securaplane already claims a pioneering position in lithium battery technology on commercial aircraft, developing the charger for the lithium main ship batteries on the Boeing 787 through Thales and, direct to Boeing, the aircraft’s rechargeable batteries for the wireless emergency lighting system. Securaplane has also supplied non-chargeable, lithium-based primary batteries in wireless smoke detection systems for Boeing’s 727, 737, 757, VIP and cargo transports.