The Army postponed the planned date for the distribution of innovative glasses developed by Microsoft.
The integrated visual augmentation system, based on the company’s HoloLens technology, is designed to help soldiers see through smoke and darkness, provide a three-dimensional map of the battlefield and the acquisition of targets, and translate foreign languages.
“The military has decided to move the IVAS operational test and commissioning to a later date in FY 22,” read Thursday Press release of the soldier of the executive office of the program. “The military is fully committed to its partnership with Microsoft to advance specific technologies to meet operational requirements and maximize the impact on combatants.”
The new technology was supposed to be available to soldiers this year, but it won’t be until next September.
“It changes the way we operate honestly,” Sgt. Philip Bartel with 1-2 Striker Brigade Combat Team said in February Press release on technology. “Now guys no longer hang around outside vehicles in dangerous situations trying to get a view of what’s going on. Leaders will be able to maneuver their elements and get a view of the target without having to leave security. of their armored vehicles. Maneuvering elements with that This type of information will reduce casualties and, overall, will radically change the way we operate and increase our effectiveness on the battlefield. “
The glasses allow soldiers who wear them to “see through” a vehicle to identify “what its external sensors feed into the individual glasses.”
Sgt. John Martin, Master Gunner Bradley of the 3rd Infantry Division, said in the February statement that goggle technology was something many soldiers did not expect to be still in service.
“It’s something that none of us [imagined] we would see in our careers, “he explained.” It’s futuristic technology we’ve all talked about and seen in movies and video games, but it’s something we never have. [imagined] we would have the chance to fight with it. It’s definitely a technology that we’re really excited to use as soon as they can get it for us. “
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