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Sypris Electronics, LLC, a subsidiary of Sypris Solutions, Inc., announced that it has recently received a multi-year, follow-on award from a U.S. DOD contractor to produce and test multiple power supply modules for the upgrade of the electronic warfare suite of an important U.S. fighter aircraft program. Production is expected to transition to full-rate production beginning in 2022. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The power supplies to be produced by Sypris will be incorporated into a suite that will replace the functionally obsolete self-protection system of existing aircraft. The upgrade is intended to significantly improve the aircraft’s capability to autonomously and automatically detect, identify and locate radio frequency threats. Updating the electronic warfare suite is critical to the aircraft, which is scheduled to be in service through 2040.
According to news sources, the system will deliver fully integrated radar warning, situational awareness, geolocation, and self-protection capabilities to maximize mission effectiveness and survivability of the aircraft in highly contested environments. This advanced, all digital system enables deeper penetration against modern integrated defense systems and provides rapid response capabilities designed to protect the aircrew.
Further, the system will give current and future aircraft more survivability when operating near or in contested airspace. The system allows pilots to monitor, locate and jam enemy radars, as well as deceive them about the aircraft’s position and heading, by collecting and processing electromagnetic energy and instantaneously creating a comprehensive, 360-degree picture of the battlespace.
“This multi-year, follow-on award advances our partnership on this mission critical, technically-advanced upgrade program,” said Mark Kane, Vice President & General Manager of Sypris Electronics. “It is our honor to participate in the production of these advanced electronic systems for the warfighter. We are pleased to have this opportunity to expand and extend our relationship with this important customer.”