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Battelle Marks Supporting Special Operations for 25 Years Providing Innovative Technology, Tactical Equipment and Mission Support

Posted on Jan 28, 2013


COLUMBUS, OH., 28 January, 2013—This year, Battelle marks 25 years partnering with elite military special operations forces to provide high-tech specialized support.

Examples of this work will be on display as Battelle researchers join military leaders at the annual Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC) symposium in Washington, D.C. Jan. 28-30.

Over the years, Battelle’s scientists, engineers and technicians have worked on everything from armored vehicles and tactical climbing equipment, to breaching equipment and maritime technologies to help operators achieve mission success. In addition, special operators have long trusted Battelle to test the methods needed to protect deployed troops of all branches against the threat of hazardous materials and explosives, including improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

The technologies on display illustrate near-term breakthroughs for the future, current mission-support efforts and examples of tried-and-true equipment that is proving its effectiveness in the field. They include:

  • Resistive Heating Coating, a carbon nanotube paint-like material that will provide de-icing capabilities to both manned and unmanned aircraft. The lightweight, low power coating has the potential to increase mission length, save maintenance turnaround time and reduce maintenance costs.
  • A cockpit display panel that is part of a program to extend the life of existing aircraft. To help keep today’s aircraft fully capable in an austere funding environment, Battelle develops and builds critical replacements for obsolete, unreliable equipment. Our creative engineering means that the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, among other aircraft, uses the latest proven technologies to meet the challenges of high-tempo wartime operations.
  • Tactical equipment including our civilian-style armored vehicle, climbing hardware and a pneumatic grappling hook gun used for boarding vessels.
  • A battery system used for robots that are vital in disarming IEDs and keeping personnel safe.

“Battelle works closely with Special Operations at all levels to provide customized support that is at the forefront of the rapidly evolving technology needs in this environment,” said Battelle’s John Folkerts, Vice President, Special Operations Market Group.

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization.  

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including seven national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Media Contacts

For more information, stop by booth #309 or contact Katy Delaney, Battelle Media Relations Manager, at 443-807-2900,

Media Contacts

Katy Delaney
Director, Media Relations
Office: 1.614.424.7208

T.R. Massey

Senior Media Specialist
Office: 1.614.424.5544