The United States Army said Thursday that it is pushing back the date it plans to take off augmented reality glasses from Microsoft Corp, but it is “completely up to date” for a contract with the tech firm worth up to $21.9 billion. Committed to”.
The army said it expects the first units to be equipped with glasses, called Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), by September 2022. Army officials had earlier said they intended to “rapidly field the capability” in the Army’s fiscal year 2021. , which ended on 30 September.
Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Defense industry publication Jens reported earlier this week that the military planned to halt the program. But on Thursday, the military said it did some testing of the system last month and it “plans to regularly execute the tests” in its fiscal year 2022.
The Pentagon inspector general began an audit of the IVAS system on October 4, “to determine whether Army officers are producing and fielding Integrated Visual Enhancement System units that meet capability requirements and user needs”, it said. said.
The system integrates multiple technologies such as night and thermal vision as well as sensor to augmented reality to provide a heads-up display that allows the soldier to fight, rehearse and train.
The Army said it improves situational awareness, target engagement and informed decision making required in combat.
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