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27 November 2023

Daily Newsletter

27 November 2023

Signal: X-Bow Systems nets funding for hypersonic development

The interim funding round fulfils X-Bow's matching requirements for its $60m STRATFI programme with AFWERX and the US Air Force.

Richard Thomas November 27 2023

US-based hypersonics systems provider X-Bow Systems announced the close of an interim funding round led by Lockheed Martin Ventures, the venture arm of defence prime Lockheed Martin, in a boost to its solid motor rocket technology.

In a mid-November release by X-Bow Systems, it was stated that investors included, Crosslink Capital, Razor’s Edge Ventures, Balerion Spacen Ventures, Bravo Victor Venture Capital, and Capital Factory.

The interim funding round fulfils X-Bow’s matching requirements for its $60m STRATFI Program with AFWERX and the US Air Force, selected earlier this year, the company stated. The STRATFI, or Strategic Funding Increase, programme is focused on large-scale, strategic capabilities.

“This interim investment in X-Bow is part of Lockheed Martin’s strategy to add anti-fragility in the solid rocket motor industrial base by enabling new technology and affordability in this sector, not only for our products but for the US industrial base as a whole,” said Chris Moran, vice president at Lockheed Martin Ventures.

“X-Bow will apply these funds to its solid rocket motor technology and to completing the phase I build out of its ‘gigafactory’ style solid rocket motor campus,” said Jason Hundley

X-Bow CEO Jason Hundley said that the company would apply the funds to its solid rocket motor technology and the completion of the phase one build out of its rocket technology campus.

US investing heavily into hypersonic technologies

Hypersonic technology development has continued in the background of the defence industrial base for decades, as countries attempt to bring down costs and increase viability as deployable capability. Hypersonic systems, generally associated directly or indirectly with missiles and other munitions, are platforms travelling in excess of Mach 5, up to around Mach 25.

The engine performance at such speeds requires a different combustion method, with ramjet and scramjet both being developed by world powers.

According to GlobalData’s thematic intelligence analysis into hypersonic technologies, the US is planning to spend an average of over $2bn per year through 2024 on developing hypersonic systems for the Air Force, US Army, and US Navy.

Our signals coverage is powered by GlobalData’s Thematic Engine, which tags millions of data items across six alternative datasets — patents, jobs, deals, company filings, social media mentions and news — to themes, sectors and companies. These signals enhance our predictive capabilities, helping us to identify the most disruptive threats across each of the sectors we cover and the companies best placed to succeed. 

Internet of Things (IoT) in Defense

The applications of IoT in defense are wide-ranging and include health monitoring, AR remote training, gaining situational awareness using drones, vehicle management, target recognition, and many more. For instance, smart sensors can be used on military equipment to give data on their health and whether maintenance is needed. This helps reduce operating costs and downtime for military equipment as the sensor can predict when a breakdown is imminent. However, the proliferation of IoT has also brought up security concerns.

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