Battelle has secured two contracts from the US Department of Defense (Dod) to support the US Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Sensors Directorate.

Under the Microelectronics and Embedded Systems Assurance (Mesa) contracts, worth $23m, the company will help the country keep counterfeit and untrustworthy integrated circuits and embedded systems out of the military supply chain over the next four and a half years.

Commenting on the contract awards, Battelle cyber programme manager Tom Bergman said: “Ensuring the security and reliability of military microelectronics and embedded systems against the growing threat is an imperative.”

All modern defence weapon systems depend on microelectronic devices and embedded systems for their operation.

Any threat to the integrity of these components could pose a risk to operations, people and systems.

“Ensuring the security and reliability of military microelectronics and embedded systems against the growing threat is an imperative.”

The company will support the research that will be conducted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, US.

Work under the contract will be performed in collaboration with MacAulay-Brown and the BerrieHill Research Division of Applied Research Associates.

Battelle conducts basic and applied research on technologies designed to address the increasing threat and proliferation of counterfeit microelectronics and integrated circuits.

The company has been supporting government clients in solving cyber challenges and managing cyber landscape over the past ten years.