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Achates Power lands Army contract

San Diego's Achates Power Inc., a developer of fuel-efficient and clean-burning internal combustion engines, has been selected to help design and construct the U.S. Army's next-generation combat engine for the Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center.

Achates Power announced its selection for the job Wednesday. The company will work with AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc. on the contract, worth a total of $4.9 million.

To serve a range of U.S. combat and tactical vehicles, the engine the two companies will help build will deliver high efficiency, high-power density and low heat rejection, and will be multifuel capable.

To meet the program requirements, AVL proposed an engine based on the Achates Power opposed-piston, two-stroke technology, which includes more than 1,000 innovations covered by patents and patent applications.

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