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Custom Batteries and Chargers for Indago 4 Drone

By Phoebe Grinter / 17 Aug 2021
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Packet Digital has announced a supplier agreement with Lockheed Martin to supply high energy density, lithium batteries for Lockheed Martin’s cutting-edge Indago 4 drone.

Packet Digital’s Indago 4 battery provides significant performance and functionality improvements over previous generation Indago batteries. The custom-designed battery management system also enhances the safety and longevity of the battery, ensuring lower cost of ownership. Along with the battery pack, Packet Digital has also developed a multi-pack field charger that can be operated on both AC and DC input for flexible, worldwide use.

Packet Digital’s batteries include state of the art features including high-energy density, ultra-high voltage cells, custom battery management system features, such as automatic cell balancing during charge, automatic self-discharge to storage level after inactivity, and automatic low power modes to extend maintenance periods.

“This agreement builds on years of collaboration with Lockheed Martin, and I couldn’t be more excited to see what we will accomplish in the future”, said Terri Zimmerman, CEO of Packet Digital. “It’s been an amazing experience working with the world-class team at Lockheed Martin, and we are thrilled to have Packet Digital batteries flying in Lockheed’s ground-breaking Indago 4 drone.”

The Indago 4 battery and battery charger was designed and is being assembled at Packet Digital’s Fargo North Dakota manufacturing facility and headquarters.

“We’re delighted with the performance improvements we’ve already achieved together with Packet Digital on the Indago 4 battery and charger”, said Steve Fortson, General Manager Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies, “This is just one more example of the breakthrough technology and components that have been brought together in the Indago 4 drone.”

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