Palantir Technologies and Lockheed Martin have announced a collaboration to deliver modern software to support US Navy combat systems for current and future requirements.

This collaboration will see Lockheed’s technical experience being leveraged along with Palantir’s Apollo platform.

In an effort to drive innovation, the two firms will work with the US Navy to modernise the combat systems for the surface fleet.

Palantir Apollo platform utilises autonomous deployment to enable developers to write and deploy software that includes the application’s requirements.

As well as allowing teams to work closely and asynchronously on software, Apollo enables DevOps, security teams, and operators to scale and drive innovation quickly, all while providing feedback and performance reporting in real time.

Lockheed Martin Naval Combat & Missile Defense Systems vice-president and general manager Joe DePietro said: “The navy needs the capability to update software at the edge rapidly and securely to address ever-evolving threats. Lockheed Martin is investing in skills, capabilities, tools, and infrastructure to deliver the best software to the warfighter efficiently and affordably.

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“Palantir’s Apollo is central to these efforts. Apollo addresses last-mile delivery challenges and performs automated software deployment and management across secure government networks, cloud environments and on-platform environments.”

Palantir COO Shyam Sankar said: “Palantir was built to solve the world’s most difficult problems with truly best-in-class, cutting-edge technology. We believe that, by sharing our approach through the Apollo product, more customers can take advantage of the autonomous deployment approach.”

Apollo Platform head and chief architect Greg DeArment said: “We’ve had the privilege of working in the most demanding operational contexts with our customers, deploying software that connects with frontline requirements.

“We will continue to strengthen our products to meet rapidly expanding needs, whether centralised, federated, or at the edge, across key industries.”

In August, Lockheed Martin delivered a high-energy laser with an integrated optical-dazzler and surveillance system to the US Navy.

In March 2020, Palantir was contracted to support the US Navy’s Naval Operational Business Logistics Enterprise (NOBLE) family of systems (FoS).