Darkhive

Autonomy for Everyone
San Antonio

About Darkhive

Darkhive is developing US-made, low-cost autonomous drones for public safety and military personnel, capable of providing immediate vicinity situational awareness in life threatening situations. Our team is comprised of highly experienced defense tech industry business executives, aerospace engineers, robotics experts, AI-specialists, and US Special Operations veterans.

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Problem statement

Chinese-produced drones by companies such as DJI and Autel control over 60% of the global commercial drone market. More than that, they are the preferred platforms by many public safety and military communities around the world. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has invested nearly $1B into DJI over the past 10 years and utilizes DJI technology in military drone programs. Additionally, it has been suspected that DJI, coerced by the CCP, is collecting data from DJI consumer drones for use by the Chinese military intelligence community and has even been accused of reporting Ukrainian drone pilot positions to Russian military forces. Regardless if any of these accusations have merit, it has led the international public safety, military, and commercial communities to send a clear demand signal for alternatives to DJI products that are US-made and similarly priced. Darkhive seeks to provide the dual use technology that addresses this critical need.

Traction information

Darkhive has $13M dollars in US DoD contract awards, including contracts from the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, Air Force Research Lab, Defense Innovation Unit, and Air Force Innovation Unit AFWERX. These awards include a Phase III Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite quantity (IDIQ), 5 Phase 2 SBIRs, 1 OTA award, and 4 Phase I SBIRs.

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Milestones

May 2023

Phase III IDIQ with US Air Force

Product market fit demonstration as only hardware vendor selected for next generation drone autonomous swarm program with US Air Force for a 5-year contract with an overall value of $30M.

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Funding

Not raising capital right now

Total raised to date:$5,000,000