Boeing, Falck Schmidt to explore military fuel cell applications

Aerospace giant Boeing and Denmark-based Falck Schmidt Defence Systems have announced that Boeing Research & Technology will assess Falck Schmidt fuel cell products for potential use in Boeing renewable energy power systems for military platforms.

The fuel cell announcement follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding that also points to potential opportunities for the use of Falck Schmidt composite components and materials in Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) rotorcraft programs.

‘This relationship with Boeing presents the opportunity to expand our proven power solutions to new fuel cell applications, that would offer armed forces significant operational advantages at better cost and with cleaner energy,’ says Jan Falck-Schmidt, president/CEO of Falck Schmidt Defence Systems A/S.

‘Falck Schmidt is a key player in the Danish defense industry, providing proven power supply solutions and composite materials to ground forces around the world,’ says Tom Bell, vice president of business development for Boeing Military Aircraft, a division of Boeing IDS. ‘As they adapt their technologies for aerospace, we see natural links to Boeing’s current research and development activities.

Falck Schmidt Defence Systems A/S has more than 40 years’ experience and know-how as a prime contractor and supplier on land-based military programs. The company produces mast platforms for reconnaissance and surveillance applications, vehicle-mounted missile systems, and sensor systems. Its capabilities also include ground mobile auxiliary power units and integration, including fuel cell technology.

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