Defense technology startup Anduril Industries Inc. in a recent press meet has announced that it has raised $450 million in new funding in an aim to turn allied warfighters into invincible technomancers. It is reported that serial entrepreneur and investor Elad Gil led the Series D round. Other renowned investors included Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, Founders Fund, General Catalyst, Lux Capital, Valor Equity Partners, and D1 Capital Partners. The round was raised at an estimate of $4.6 billion.
Anduril’s new Lattice AI software platform protects the company’s security solutions using computer vision, machine learning, and mesh networking to combine real-time sensor data into a single, autonomous operations picture and command and control platform. Now it is being used to support operations with the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, the U.K. Ministry of Defense and other agencies.
Anduril has also designed several other small drones programmed to ram into targets that enter contested airspace. These drones can defend against other drones that might be used to spy or attack military assets. Other notable achievements for Anduril include obtaining first-ever Program of Record with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which is currently used by the US defense system.