Anduril Industries

Anduril Industries

Anduril builds AI platforms to protect troops, fight wildfires, perform search & rescue missions and border surveillance. It was founded in 2017 and is located in Irvine, California.

Anduril calls itself an AI product company. It states that it is dedicated to solving national security challenges, such as protecting troops, fighting wildfires, performing search & rescue missions and for conducting border surveillance. The company was founded in 2017 by Palmer Luckey, who previously invented Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headsets. Venture capitalist Peter Thiel provided support.


Anduril’s system consists of towers, called Sentry Towers, with radar, communications antennae and a laser-enhanced camera, which can detect motions within a 2-mile radius. It works in conjunction with the company's software called Lattice AI. There is also a drone product called Ghost UAS, which is an autonomous drone that can be used for mapping new territory. Testing Lattice in Texas has been reported by US Customs and Border Protection to catch 55 unauthorized border crossers in a 10-week period.

The company's product can be considered “virtual border wall” tech to surveillance at the US-Mexico border, which merges VR with surveillance tools to create a digital wall of “all-seeing eyes, with intelligence to know what it sees”. Wearing the VR headset allows a person to see a digital world that simulates the view of the real world but highlights moving objects that are a mile away and gives the user the likelihood that what they are seeing is a person and an animal.

In 2019, Anduril received a US Marine Corps contract of $13.5 million to cover “autonomous surveillance counter-intrusion capabilities” at Marine Corps bases in Japan, Hawaii and in Yuma, Arizona near the US-Mexico border. Anduril’s Lattice platform is theoretically able to detect human figures using AI. Lattice sentry towers are equipped with arrays of sensors. Anduril also supplies drones to support the Lattice program, which the Marine Corps tested in 2018.

Anduril has been reported to be working on the Pentagon’s controversial Project Maven drone program. Anduril is partnering with the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom to launch autonomous mine-hunting ships.

Other products

Jamie Hyneman of Mythbusters and creator of a robot called Blendo on Robot Wars, was hired as a contractor with Anduril to build a remote piloted tank to put out wildfires. There are exterior water sprayers. To prevent electromechanical problems due to heat, a coolant composed of 50/50 glycerin and water sprays continuously over the entire interior. The coolant absorbs the heat and is passed off to the thousand gallons of water in the tanks. The tank is designed to be able to rescue and take passengers.


July 1, 2020
Anduril Industries raises a $200,000,000 series C round from 8VC, Andreessen Horowitz, Elad Gil, Founders Fund, General Catalyst, Lux Capital Management and Valor Equity Partners.
June 11, 2018
Anduril Industries raises a $41,000,000 series A round from 8VC, Founders Fund, General Catalyst and Human Capital.
Anduril Industries was founded by Palmer Luckey.

Funding rounds

Funding round
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Funding round amount (USD)
Funding round date
Anduril Industries Series B round
September 11, 2019
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SBA Awards

SBA Award
Award Type
Amount (USD)
Date Awarded
Anduril Industries, Inc. SBIR Phase I Award, August 2019
August 2, 2019
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Brian Schimpf

Co-Founder, CEO

Matt Grimm


Palmer Luckey


Further reading


Behind Anduril's Effort to Create an Operating System for War

Tom Simonite


October 8, 2020

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey scores $1 billion-plus valuation for his virtual border wall start-up

Salvador Rodriguez


September 11, 2019

Documentaries, videos and podcasts


Anduril: The Startup Building Surveillance Systems & Drone-Smashers For The Military | NBC News Now

October 3, 2019




The Economist
January 9, 2021
The Economist
Warfare's worldwide web
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December 1, 2020
Business Insider
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Berber Jin
November 29, 2020
Business Insider
Keith Rabois decided to leave SF for Miami after realizing great companies can be founded anywhere. He hopes Miami will revive his contrarian flare.
Isobel Asher Hamilton
October 3, 2019
Business Insider
The new 'Interceptor' drone weighs about as much as a bowling ball and is capable of smashing other drones out of the sky.


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