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by Marc Selinger

The Dive-LD unmanned underwater vehicle. (Diving technologies)

U.S. defense technology business Anduril Industries has expanded its unmanned capabilities in the underwater realm through the acquisition of unmanned underwater vehicle (drone) supplier Diving Technologies, Anduril announced on 2 February.

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.

Co-founder and CEO Bill Dive Lebo said Anduril’s membership will help his Boston, Massachusetts startup “rapidly scale our team, technology and production”. 30 dive staff are expected to remain in their jobs, bolstering 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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