1st Edge wins $9.7 million space and missile defense contract

Huntsville firm specializes in artificial intelligence and new technologies

1st Edge, a Huntsville firm specializing in artificial intelligence, software development, data visualization and air and missile defense systems, has been awarded a $9.7 million contract to continue developing artificial intelligence solutions for the U.S Army. The contract is a continuation of the firm’s Pragmatic Artificial Intelligence and New Technology (PAINT) program, now in use by the Army.

“Implementing sophisticated, innovative AI solutions for the warfighter and support analysts is a top priority for the Department of Defense and for 1st Edge. We’ve made excellent advances in phases I and II, but there is lots more to be done,” said Nathan Claburn, vice president of 1st Edge. “This contract will fund improvements in computer vision, defense planning and target testing.”

The PAINT program, company officials say, “allows subject matter experts to be more productive, less error prone and more consistent.”

Tim McCarter, president of 1st Edge, added: “PAINT continues to create easier, more consistent defense planning. This coveted Phase III contract allows us to continue the work of advancing AI for multiple missile defense programs and increasing the success of the modern warfighter.”

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Founded in 2011, 1st Edge is a small business provider to the Department of Defense, working closely with the Space and Missile Defense Command, the Missile Defense Agency and the Combat Capabilities Development Command.

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