Missile system uses SGI gear

Missile system uses SGI gear

The Air Force is upgrading the systems that support its ballistic missile early warning system. The service will use SGI servers and desktop systems to power mobile satellite stations for the Space-Based Infrared System.

SGI's federal group is supplying the systems under two separate contracts worth a combined $13.5 million, said Daryoush Tehranchi, the company's executive manager for defense advanced systems. SGI is a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin Corp. on the project.

Under an $8.1 million contract, SGI will provide 18 Origin 3000 servers and 27 Onyx 3000 visualization systems for the mobile satellite ground stations. Under a $5.4 million contract, SGI is supplying 12 more Origin 3000 servers for the early warning system. The Air Force also bought 11 Onyx 2 desktop systems for the project.

'Julie Britt, Tony Lee Orr and Susan M. Menke

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