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U.S. Army Launches AR Programme for Soldiers

Since body armour, it is the largest and most costly improvement for forces on the field. The first pair of IVAS battle goggles with augmented reality (AR) technology has been delivered to the US Army. With the use of the IVAS system, troops may communicate with one another in real time as well as view the environs of their units. The Microsoft Hololens-based system is years behind time and cost overruns.

Several thousand augmented reality (AR) spectacles that will increase soldiers’ performance in close quarters have been delivered to the U.S. Army recently. Mapping, friendly positions, opponent stances, and other data are projected in a soldier’s field of view using the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) that relies on augmented reality. There is currently a demand for more than 100 thousand headsets to be delivered.

According to some observations, the US infantry is generally considered as one of the most technologically immature components of the fighting forces, despite being the most populous. The infantry is generally tasked with seizes and holds territory whereas other branches mainly blast, bombard, and assault it. However, although military planes, battleships, and tanks have seen several innovative advances during the past century, infantry forces have generally been left out of the fray. A similar list of gear to that carried into battle by his or her forebears a century ago by the ordinary current infantry soldier.

According to the U.S. Army, IVAS is the technical advancement the infantry must use to fight in the twenty-first century. The IVAS system, which is based on Microsoft’s HoloLens glasses, crams a significant amount of features into a tiny package. A durable heads-up display, a computer package, a cable, radio, battery, and charger are all included with IVAS.

IVAS glasses broadcast critical info into a trooper’s field of vision similarly to a fighter jet’s heads-up display. The whereabouts of other members of their battalion, adversary positions, and predetermined routes throughout the terrain, along with other information are all visible to soldiers wearing IVAS. They can also receive feeds from neighbouring minimally lit and thermal sighting equipment, along with night vision devices. By accessing cameras attached on the vehicle’s hull or seeing the feed from drones flying over the battlefield, soldiers may take a look through the walls of the units they are traveling in. Using the Advanced Targeting & Lethality Aided System, IVAS will even help soldiers to accurately detect enemy units from a distance whilst wearing night vision (ATLAS).

Reportedly, the Army has started taking delivery of the first 5 thousand of as many as 120 thousand IVAS headsets. The total cost of these will be $21.88 billion in total across a decade. The lucrative programme is supervised by Congress. Infantry, cavalry, armoured, special operation forces, combat engineers, and other specialised troops may all be equipped with all the headsets. The infantry’s most cutting-edge technology since night vision is IVAS.

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