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AFRL Taps Descartes Labs to Provide Multicloud Target Identification Platform

Descartes Labs
Descartes Labs

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded Descartes Labs a $2.2M contract for the company's cloud-based analytics platform to support targeting operations for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

The Santa Fe, New Mexico-based geospatial intelligence company said Tuesday it secured the direct contract through AFRL's Space Technology Advanced Research program.

Descartes Labs will provide the muticloud platform to enable real-time data analytics processes and decision-making through artificial intelligence and machine learning concepts.

The tool will work to produce moving target indication data to help automate the identification ground-based and airborne targets, the company noted.

Mike Warren, cofounder and chief technology officer at Descartes Labs, said the Air Force's use of diverse types of data and a multisensor national security system is "laying the groundwork“ for solving future ISR challenges.

In July, Descartes Labs secured a Direct to Phase II contract from the Air Force to support multisensor data fusion efforts as part of the service branch's Small Business Innovation Research program.

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