Army looking to buy 40,000 ‘mixed reality’ goggles
Augmented reality will soon be a standard-issue piece of equipment for several ground fighting units, bringing the future to the forefront of modern warfare.
The Army has announced the desire to acquire 40,219 Integrated Visual Augmentation System units (IVAS), which can provide real-time data to the user without hampering vision and situational awareness.
The IVAS acts like a fighter pilot’s Heads-Up Display (HUD), except tuned for the Army infantryman.
Around $906 million has been requested for the fielding of IVAS to “close combat” units, though top-tier units get first dibs.
The IVAS can work in several ways, providing navigation, weapons information, combat data and mission objectives in a format similar to that of what the past two generations have grown accustomed to seeing in First Person Shooter games.
According to the Army Times, the IVAS will also be able to link up with drones, providing control and data uplinks that can give Soldiers an edge in battle.
The IVAS has been tested with great success, and training missions conducted with the system were completed without any major concerns.
Further testing will commence following budget approval.
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