FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Melvin Gagerman, Chairman and CEO Cipora Lavut
Aura Systems, Inc. Aura Systems Inc. Corporate Communications
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Aura's VIPER Power System Tests Favorably Under Real World Conditions at Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) Under U.S. Army Contract
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – May 14, 2009 – Aura Systems, Inc. (OTCBB: AUSI) announced today that the Applied Research Laboratory “ARL” under contract to US Army TACOM, presented results at the NDIA Joint Power Expo that was held during May 7, 2009, comparing Aura’s VIPER to other both air cooled and water cooled high power alternators. In particular the comparisons focused on performance at idle speed and realistic under the Hood temperatures that can reach 250 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, the ARL study also explored the inadequate performance of the army’s standard On Board Vehicle Power which resulted in very large failure rates of both batteries and alternators.
The results presented show that the VIPER system generated at idle speed approximately twice the power generated by the other tested alternators. In addition, the results also clearly show that the VIPER’s performance has negligible degradation as the temperature was varied from room temperature to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. The alternators, on the other hand, suffer significant losses in power generation ability as the temperature was raised.
Dr. Art Schwartz, Aura’s CTO said, “The army’s controlled and sponsored test clearly demonstrated that our VIPER mobile power solution performs as claimed under real world severe conditions that our soldiers encounter in Iraq and Afghanistan and provides a superior solution for On Board Vehicle Power. It is well known that the high failure rates of batteries and alternators experience in theater are due to the chronic undercharging of the batteries by the alternators. The primary cause of this inadequacy is the failure over the past decade to recognize that the air cooled alternators that are predominantly used for On Board Vehicle Power in major military vehicle platforms do not provide adequate power at engine idle speeds. Furthermore, the power provided by these systems dramatically decreases as the Under the Hood temperature increases. When the power provided is inadequate for the mission's needs, this causes strain on the alternator and drain on the battery resulting in accelerated failure mode in both products."
Mr. Gagerman, Aura’s CEO said, “The performance and analysis, study for On Board Power in military vehicles, done by ARL, which was established by the Navy in 1945 as a trusted agent for the Department of Defense, show that our VIPER solution meets the real world needs for military vehicles operating at low speeds and high temperatures encountered in Iraq and Afghanistan”.
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