Defense technology company, Anduril Industries, has announced the acquisition of solid rocket manufacturer Adranos. This move signifies a significant expansion for Anduril, previously focused on artificial intelligence, counter-drone systems, and autonomous air systems, into the hypersonic and missile market by supplying solid rocket motors.
- Anduril’s acquisition of Adranos will enable it to supply solid rocket motors to companies creating hypersonic weapons, missiles, and other propulsion systems.
- Adranos is known for developing ALITEC, a solid rocket fuel made from an aluminum-lithium alloy, which provides up to 40% more range in solid rocket motors than other fuels at a lower cost.
- Adranos also employs advanced manufacturing processes to develop solid rocket motors, a feature Anduril highlighted as faster and more efficient than methods used by other manufacturers.
- Anduril plans to develop the Adranos Solid Rocket Complex production facility in Mississippi into a modern manufacturing facility capable of producing thousands of standard and ALITEC fueled solid rocket motors per year.
- The acquisition is supported by Mississippi Senators Cyndi Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker, who emphasize the importance of solid rocket motors to national security and industry’s ability to supply these parts.