The US Department of Defense has selected Florida electronic manufacturer Sypris Electronics to complete critical manufacturing work for the Nuclear Weapons Delivery Systems modernisation program.
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The Sypris Solutions subsidiary will be producing and testing electronic interface control assemblies for the US Long-Range Standoff missile weapons system (LRSO).
Production is expected to begin this year and assemblies will be incorporated into strategic nuclear and tactical weapons systems of the US Air Force B-52H long-range bomber, which the weapons system is launched from.
The LRSO weapons system is sought to replace the current AGM-86B air-launched cruise missile, which has remained in service since 1982.
Sypris Electronics vice-president and general manager Mark Kane said the LRSO weapons system is being developed to stealthily penetrate, survive integrated air defence systems, and attack strategic threats.
“This recent award for Sypris further demonstrates customer confidence in our ability to manufacture and test high-reliability aircraft electronic assemblies that play a critical role in our national security,” he said.
“We are honoured to have this opportunity to participate on this program and to build a strategic partnership with this important new customer.”
LRSO will also support long-range nuclear systems such as submarine-based ballistic missiles, silo-based ballistic missiles and manned bomber aircraft.