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June, 2005 [Aircraft batteries]

Europe's new Airbus A400M military transport aircraft will be equipped with Saft ULM® (Ultra Low Maintenance) rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries

The new Airbus A400M tactical transport turboprop aircraft, scheduled to make its first flight in early 2008, will use Saft ULM® rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries to provide on-board power for engine starting and electrical systems back-up.


Saft is a world specialist in the design and manufacture of high-tech batteries for industry. Saft batteries are used in high performance applications such as industrial infrastructure and processes, transportation, space and defence.

Saft is the world’s leading manufacturer of nickel-cadmium batteries for industrial applications and of primary lithium batteries for a wide range of end markets. The group is also the European leader for specialised advanced technologies for the defence and space industries.

With approximately 4,000 employees worldwide, Saft is present in 17 countries. Its 16 manufacturing sites and extensive sales network enable the group to serve its customers worldwide