Improbable has done $10.4m of work for UK military

Improbable has done $10.4m of work for UK military

Cloud tech firm Improbable has done £8.3m ($10.4m) of work for the UK's Ministry of Defence (MOD).

That's according to The Telegraph, which reports that the Joint Forces Command – in charge of the three branches of the military – paid the company millions between July 2019 and January 2020, going off MOD spending reports.

The transparency reports show the firm was being paid for computer equipment and IT work. This seems to be wargaming software to run military simulations.

This started with a $2.88m expenditure July of last year, with monthly instalments of £867,499.50 ($1.1m) or bi-monthly payments of £1.7m ($2.2m) following.

“Improbable contracted with the Ministry of Defence to produce a Single Synthetic Environment Technology Demonstrator," a spokesperson said.

"This work connects with the work we have been doing in the field of video games, and our SpatialOS networking platform.”

Improbable is best-known for its SpatialOS technology. The company has also done work with the US Department of Defense. 

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