December 18, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Saft has been awarded a contract to design, build and deliver Lithium Ion, Li-Ion, batteries for the elite U.S. Navy SEALS, for the Seal Delivery Vehicle (SDV). American Competitiveness Institute, in coordination with the Navy, has awarded Saft a contract to develop a Lithium Ion prototype battery to power the Navy’s Seal Delivery Vehicle (SDV). The Navy is seeking to replace the current silver zinc batteries on the 22-foot long manned submersible SDV that is used to delivery Navy SEALS and their equipment to mission areas. The SDV underwater vehicle is a “wet” submarine, as SEAL personnel are not in a pressure hull but use underwater breathing apparatus for life support. The vehicle is designed to provide a medium range insertion and extraction capability, is battery-powered and equipped with propulsion, navigation, communications and life support equipment.