Hidden Level Inc., a pre-Series B sensor technology and drone defense company, has been chosen by the Department of Defense (DOD) to receive $10 million in funding for their participation in the Accelerate the Procurement and Fielding of Innovating Technologies (APFIT) pilot program. This significant achievement places Hidden Level among the select group of eleven companies awarded funding by the DoD in 2023.

Through the APFIT pilot program, Hidden Level’s groundbreaking technology will play a vital role in facilitating the transition of developed technologies into production and expediting their deployment to benefit the warfighter. Hidden Level’s specific contribution involves the provision of Tactical Passive Radar for Counter Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) to the U.S. Army, delivering a transformative solution in this domain.

Jeff Cole, Hidden Level CEO commented, “Being selected for APFIT funding is a huge vote of confidence by the DOD in our technology. We have always been confident in our capabilities, but this win is recognition that our technology can rapidly fill a significant gap in warfighting needs.”

APFIT funding will help deliver war-winning capability a year or two earlier than scheduled while contributing to the health of the U.S. industrial base through investments in small businesses or nontraditional defense-developed capabilities.

Given $150 million by Congress in 2023, The National Defense Authorization Act of FY22 was created as a merit-based, competitive program for innovative and mature technologies and products to meet warfighter demands that lack the necessary funding to field.

It is a credit to Hidden Level’s ground-breaking drone tracking sensing technology that it is one of the few companies chosen for this program. For more information on Hidden Level’s technological solutions, please visit https://hiddenlevel.com/.


Founded in 2018, Hidden Level is led by a team of skilled sensor experts with more than a decade of experience building innovative sensor solutions for both military and commercial customers. Hidden Level’s airspace monitoring service delivers the only industry solution that provides secure, accurate low-altitude airspace monitoring at scale. By eliminating the burden of owning, operating, and maintaining expensive and rapidly changing sensor technology equipment, Hidden Level provides its customers only what is necessary—real-time, actionable data at a fraction of the cost.

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