US Data Giant Palantir To Help Build New Fleet Of Royal Navy Warships

US data major Palantir has reportedly struck a deal with the defence business of Babcock to build up the Royal Navy’s warships.

Such an arrangement will permit Babcock to depend on Palantir’s AI to build the Type 31 frigate while helping maintain naval subs and military equipment.

Palantir, founded by Donald Trump’s supporter Peter Thiel, has steadily been expanding its business in the UK in recent years, and its tech has been used in defence and healthcare.

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This includes deals worth millions of pounds for the NHS, which has raised several questions among the health service campaigners.

Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal, said Britain’s affection for the NHS was akin to what we know as the “Stockholm syndrome”.

Palantir has attracted criticism for helping the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement identify unlawful immigrants for reported deportation.

The agreement with Babcock will give Palantir access to highly sensitive data, which it states will allow it to turn out to be more efficient.

Palantir’s tech has been used to help Ukraine’s investigators process significant troves of data specific to over 78,000 registered war crimes committed by Russia.

The Chief Executive of Babcock Land, Tom Newman, mentioned that as the defence landscape becomes digital, data challenges increase in complexity and volume.

Given the complex defence supply chain wherein we operate, having a wholesome data picture of the ecosystem is crucial in permitting us to make more strategic decisions and align with the customers’ digital defence backbone.

In the last month, Babcock was asked by Deloitte, its auditor, to enhance the password standard for the second year in a row.

It is also understood that the software is for accounting and administration targets and is not linked to the sensitive work of Babcock associated with the Ministry of Defence.

The firm is making the security procedures changes following a turnaround plan initiated by David Lockwood, the Chief Executive, who joined the firm in 2020.

Babcock is seeking to enhance its efficiency after unveiling last week that immediate repairs on Type 23 frigates took nearly four years, up from an average of 18 months observed about a decade ago.

References: Telegraph, Business News

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