U.S. taps ‘virtual border wall’ startup to supplement patrols along the Mexican border


Launched by Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, Anduril Industries will see 200 of its unmanned towers along America’s southern flank by 2022, thanks to its five-year contract worth “several hundreds of millions of dollars” with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Supporters of the AI-powered technology see it as a cost-effective alternative to pricey (and arguably ineffective) border fortifications proposed by President Donald Trump. (The Washington Post)

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Talking point: Backed by Peter Thiel of Palantir fame, Anduril just scored another US$200 million in funding based on a US$1.9-billion valuation. Though it boasts some novel technology—battering-ram drone, anyone?—it remains one of the few small, Silicon Valley-based defence contractors in a sector dominated by the likes of Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon.