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U.S. Army Begins Rolling Out Augmented Reality For Soldiers

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  • US Army receives first set of IVAS Augmented reality combat goggles.
  • With the IVAS system, soldiers You can view and share data with each other and view external vehicles in real time.
  • The system is Microsoft’s hololenshas been delayed for years and is over budget.

America army Received the first of tens of thousands of augmented reality goggles Designed to make soldiers more effective in close combat. The Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) uses augmented reality to project data into the soldier’s field of vision. field of view, maps, enemy locations, key ally locations, and other information. The service needs up to 120,000 sets of goggles, but Congress is skeptical the service really needs that many.

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The most technically neglected branch of the combat force and, nevertheless, the most numerous is the infantry. Infantry, known as the “Queen of War”, seize and hold where other units simply bomb, artillery and strafe. The last 100 years have seen a series of revolutionary developments in tanks, fighter planes and ships, but infantry units have largely missed out on this action. A typical modern-day infantryman enters battle with a checklist of equipment similar to that of his century-old predecessor.

A soldier in a Stryker armored vehicle with an IVAS set during testing, January 2021.

Courtney Bacon Photo/DVD

The U.S. Army believes IVAS is the technological leap infantry needs to fight in the 21st century. Built around Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality (AR) goggles, IVAS packs a lot of functionality into a relatively compact set. The IVAS includes a ruggedized heads-up display, cables, computer pack (called a “pack”), wearable battery, squad radio, and power charger.

What Soldiers See Through IVAR Goggles

Like a fighter jet’s heads-up display, IVAS goggles project critical information into the soldier’s field of view. Soldiers with IVAS can see the positions of other soldiers in a squad or platoon, designated paths across the battlefield, enemy positions, and other data. It can also receive feeds from nearby night vision devices, such as low-light and thermal aiming systems.soldier he can “Look” through the wall They can access cameras mounted on the vehicle’s hull to see information about the vehicle they’re in, or view feeds from drones hovering over the battlefield. IVAS allows soldiers to have night vision and Advanced targeting and lethal support system (Atlas).

According to the Army Jane’s, We have started accepting first 5,000 of Up to 120,000 IVAS headsets at a total cost of $21.88 billion Over 10 years. Congress, which oversees the multi-billion dollar program, thinks the service is actually overbought. 120,000 headsets are more than enough to equip point-of-spear soldiers, including infantry, armor, cavalry, special operations forces, and combat technicians.

Furthermore, the Army Enhanced Night Vision Goggles – Binoculars (ENVG-B) is a next-generation image-enhanced night vision goggle that not only provides stereoscopic night vision, but can also be wirelessly connected to weapon-mounted night vision sights. Soldiers equipped with the ENVG-B package, for example, can raise their weapons, aim, and fire through walls without exposing them to enemy fire.

The Army break defense reported in July, was so excited about IVAS that it practically zeroed out funding for ENGV-B in its 2023 service budget. This was despite reports from field tests submitted to Congress that the military did not believe that everyone on the battlefield needed an IVAS. and ENVG-B to try out “mixed-weapon” units.

Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, undergo weapon qualification as part of an effort to modernize their family of enhanced night vision goggles, binoculars, envg bs and weapon sights. I'm here.  , new envg bs and fws for 2020 will allow soldiers to perform thermal scans during day and night operations, using new technology systems to see corners and other obstacles. military photo 1st lt angelo mejia

Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team demonstrate how to aim fire using a rifle sight compatible with ENVG-B night vision goggles without actually looking at the sight.

US Army Photo by Lt. Angelo Mejia

IVAS is the most innovative technology to attack infantry since night vision, and it’s a shame that this game-changing tool has to contend with night vision within the Army’s budget. The two systems of his will almost certainly complement each other, with IVAS being the command and control tool for the commander and ENVG-B being the sensor and weapon sighting system. One thing is certain, no military in the world has deployed such a system, and the US military has no choice.

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