Gryphon Technologies has secured a new contract to offer mission integration services in support of the Sea-Based X-Band (SBX) radar, which is a component of the US ballistic missile defence system (BMDS).

The competitively bid single award contract is worth an estimated $58m and has been awarded by the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

The MDA developed the SBX radar, which is used to track, discriminate and analyse long-range ballistic missiles as part of the wider ground-based midcourse defence (GMD) system.

Gryphon Technologies founder P.J. Braden said: “We are honoured to be selected to continue to provide mission integration test and operational support for SBX to the MDA Sensors Directorate.

“Gryphon's team of professionals is committed to the mission and supporting MDA in keeping our country safe.”

The current contract is expected to be concluded in June 2024 if all options are exercised.

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SBX was developed under the direction of Boeing, and comprises a combination of Raytheon-built advanced X-band radar systems that are installed aboard a fifth-generation ocean-going, semi-submersible platform.

"We are honoured to be selected to continue to provide mission integration test and operational support for SBX to the MDA Sensors Directorate."

It includes a power plant, bridge and control rooms, living quarters, storage areas, and enough floor space and infrastructure to support the X-band Radar.

The phased array, electro-mechanically steered X-band radar consists of thousands of elements driven by transmit / receive (T / R) modules.

MDA primarily focuses on the development, testing and fielding of an integrated, layered BMDS used to protect the US and its deployed forces, allies and friends against all ranges of ballistic missiles in all phases of flights.

Gryphon Technologies received a competitive-bid $101.2m contract from the US Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane in January 2012 for research and development, engineering, analysis, configuration management and information technology management, as well as the supply of programmatic, functional and administrative tasking in support of operation and sustainment of SBX-1.

Image: The Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX) departs Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on 31 March 2006, after a three-month port visit to undergo minor modifications, post-transit maintenance and routine inspections. Photo: courtesy of US gov.