The company will manufacture and test embedded circuit card assemblies for secure communications infrastructure

December 30, 2021

TAMPA, Fla.—Sypris Electronics, LLC, a subsidiary of Sypris Solutions, Inc., reported that it recently received a follow-on award from a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) prime contractor to manufacture and test embedded circuit card assemblies that will perform certain cryptographic functions for the Army Key Management System (AKMS). Production is expected to begin in 2022, Sypris said in a release. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The AKMS is a fielded system that consists of three subsystems: local communications security management software (LCMS), automated communications engineering software (ACES), and the simple key load device. Under the umbrella of the nation’s Electronic Key Management System, the AKMS provides tactical units and sustaining bases with an organic key-generation capability and an efficient secure electronic key distribution means, according to the release.

The LCMS workstation provides automated key generation, distribution, and communications security accounting. The ACES, the frequency management portion of AKMS, has been designated by the Military Communications Electronics Board as the joint standard for use by all services in development of frequency management and cryptographic net planning and generation of signal operation instructions, Sypris said in the release.

The embedded circuit card assemblies to be produced by Sypris will perform the cryptographic functions for the ruggedized, portable, hand-held simple key load device that will be used to securely receive, store, and transfer data between compatible cryptographic and communications equipment. The device incorporates features that are said to provide for streamlined management of the communications security key, electronic protection data, and signal operation instructions.

“We are pleased to be a long-term partner on this important secure communications program that leverages our core competencies in cyber security solutions,” said Mark R. Kane, vice president and general manager of Sypris Electronics, in the release. “This is a significant program for our country, and we are pleased to have this opportunity to continue our close, long-standing relationship with this customer.”

Sypris Electronics addresses customers’ needs for building complex, mission-critical electronic and electro-mechanical devices and integrated systems. The company partners with teams from multiple agencies and tier one companies in military (DoD), space, undersea, and industrial markets to deliver high-reliability electronics that are built with strict adherence to regulated requirements, according to Sypris.

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