February 07, 2022
by Marc Selinger
The Dive-LD unmanned underwater vehicle. (Diving technologies)
US defense technology company Anduril Industries has extended its unmanned capabilities to the underwater realm by acquiring unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) provider Dive Technologies, Anduril announced on February 2.
The 6,000 lb (2,722 kg) Dive Large Displacement (Dive-LD) UUV can autonomously conduct Underwater Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) as well as commercial missions. Dive “brings unparalleled and deep expertise in the underwater realm along with a shared commitment to transforming U.S. and allied military capabilities with cutting-edge technology,” said Anduril co-founder and CEO Brian Schimpf.
Dive co-founder and CEO Bill Lebo said joining Anduril will help his Boston, Massachusetts-based startup “rapidly scale our team, our technology and our production.” All 30 Dive employees are expected to remain in their jobs, bringing Anduril’s workforce to over 750 people.
Anduril’s existing products include the Anvil unmanned quadcopter, which intercepts and destroys other drones, and the Ghost 4 unmanned helicopter, which performs surveillance. Anduril acquired Area-I, which manufactures tube-launched unmanned aerial vehicles, in April 2021.
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