Sypris to support USAF's ground-based ICBM programme


US-based Sypris Electronics has secured a contract to support the US Air Force's (USAF) ground-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICMB) programme.

Under the terms of the subcontract awarded by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), the company will design and develop a modernised missile electronic encryption device (MEED) for use in controlling access to land-based ICMB silos.

As part of the original contract, SAIC is responsible to lead the programme management process.

"Sypris' experience and history in producing legacy devices and developing high-assurance security solutions positions us well to provide the modernised MEED."

Sypris Electronics Engineering vice-president and information security solutions business unit lead Debra Delise said: "Sypris' experience and history in producing legacy devices and developing high-assurance security solutions positions us well to provide the modernised MEED."

The contract will see the company provide technical and NSA certification leadership for a period of 22 months.

It additionally includes provision for design, development, documentation, integration, testing, certification, training, maintenance and logistics of an upgraded MEED device.

Manufactured by Boeing, the ground-based ICBM is designed to deliver nuclear warheads represents one component of a nuclear triad that is complemented by the Trident submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) and by nuclear weapons carried by long-range strategic bomber aircraft.