18 Jun 2019

Royal Navy to partner with Anduril Industries on modernisation programme

The Royal Navy has announced the partnership between its Royal Marines Commando force and Anduril Industries, a defence technology company specialising in AI powered solutions, to modernise surveillance systems and techniques by utilising cutting edge technologies.

As part of the recently announced Modernising Defence Programme and the NavyX accelerator initiative, the Royal Navy is keen to partner with innovative companies like Anduril that can quickly adapt products to fit the needs of Royal Marines. Autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are essential components of the future military and a focus of NavyX and the Modernising Defence Programme.

Colonel Dan Cheeseman, Royal Navy Chief Technology Officer, said: “The artificial intelligence and ISR systems from Anduril are game changing technologies for the Royal Marines Future Commando Force. Anduril is now part of the UK NavyX accelerator program to get battle winning technology straight into the hands of our warfighters. 

“Anduril’s dynamic and highly tailored expertise has enabled a close partnership with 3 Commando Brigade and they are now part of a busy exercise and deployment schedule. These technologies are directly informing how the Royal Marines is transforming itself to radically change how it fights to win on future operations.”

Anduril Industries has created Lattice, a software and hardware system that uses cutting-edge AI, machine vision and mesh networking to solve critical defence problems with the goal of saving lives by getting troops in the field more accurate, real-time information. All Lattice devices work together as one large, seamless networked system to allow warfighters to act quickly with the best information available. Training with the Anduril systems will begin this summer and be operational and deployed soon thereafter.

Evan Roddenberry, Operations Engineer for Anduril Industries and company lead with the Royal Navy, said: “Our goal, and the goal of the Royal Navy, is to help the men and women on the front lines complete their missions as successfully and safely as possible.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to help the Royal Marines with this important mission as they modernise in preparation for the battlefields of the future.”

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