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Saft to equip MA700 turboprop regional aircraft
Monday, 17 June 2019

Saft will provide two ULM batteries per aircraft for AVIC MA700 advanced turboprop regional aircraft. The new contract makes the company a key supplier of onboard batteries for one of the largest and fastest-growing aviation industries in the world.

Founded in 1951, AVIC is ranked among the foremost aviation corporations in the world – and among its subsidiaries is AVIC XAC Commercial Aircraft Co., Ltd (AVIC XAC), which manufactures the MA700: an 80-seat level turboprop plane designed for short and medium-route travel.

Designed for high performance at elevated temperature and altitude, the plane is considered one of the most important commercial aircraft projects in the world and is expected to embark on its maiden flight in 2020. Saft's products will form an integral part of this project, building on its existing work as a provider of batteries for AVIC MA60 and MA600 programs as well as COMAC's ARJ21 and C919 jetliners, and cement its status as a leading supplier to the Asian aerospace market.

The ULM batteries provide safe and reliable power to start the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) as well as emergency backup for critical systems. The ULM battery technology was selected as it offers the ideal combination of high performance, low weight and ultra-low maintenance requirements that enable significant reductions in the total cost of ownership (TCO) for the battery. Saft's proven record of delivering ULM batteries to meet manufacturing and design schedules was thought to be a decisive factor in AVIC's decision to award the contract ahead of the MA700's maiden flight.

Contact details from our directory:
Saft Lithium-ion Batteries, Nickel-Cadmium Batteries, Lead Acid Batteries (Wet & Dry)
AVIC XAC Commercial Aircraft Co., Ltd. (AVIC XCAC) (was Xi'an Aircraft Industry) Airframer
Related aircraft programs:
XAC MA600 Modern Ark
Related directory sectors:
Batteries & Accessories