UK MoD orders C-UAS solutions from Anduril as part of major force protection contract

The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Anduril Industries a 31-month contract which has an initial value of GBP 17 million, with the potential to increase to GBP24 million. It calls for the company to explore future capabilities for fixed installation force protection and counter-intrusion and C-UAS systems for Permanent Joint Operating Bases (PJOBs). This marks the third phase of the company’s interaction with jHub – the MoD’s joint innovation team – under Project TALOS, aimed at accelerating defence-wide approaches to integrated C2 for force protection.

Anduril’s Lattice software platform leverages advances in key technologies such as autonomy, edge processing, big data and AI, in order to reimagine the approach to C2. The company reports it has the ability to harness machine-speed in decision-making and support; integrate all defence-wide platforms, sensors, and effectors into a single network; and use distributed, resilient systems capable of operating under machine control. Under the new contract, Anduril will experiment and explore advances in these key technologies, following on from the earlier phases that delivered an initial understanding of the utility of the company’s autonomous sentry towers and introduced the assurance of multiple force protection layers at multiple locations. Anduril will progress and expand experimentation with mature integrated technologies, and enable further understanding of the various options available in the wider C2 network that can provide end-to-end solutions.

“Force protection and counter-intrusion are increasingly important as the nature of threats expand, and Anduril’s Lattice platform can play a key role. Our objective is to meet the specific requirements of armed forces to best shape the future of defence with advanced, modern technology; to do this, working with partners like jHub is key,” said Greg Kausner, Head of Global Defense.

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(Image: The varied capabilities of Anduril’s force protection and counter-intrusion solutions will be examined and assessed during the new 31-month contract. Credit: Anduril Industries)

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