04/15/2021

US Soldier tests out the U.S. Army’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System, or IVAS

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US Soldier tests out the U.S. Army’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System, or IVAS, an augmented reality device giving the foot soldier next-generation night vision, navigation, targeting and a whole lot more.

At the joint Lewis-McCord base of the US Armed Forces (Washington state), another cycle of field tests of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) for the US Army, which specialists managed to combine with a protective helmet, passed.

Back in 2018, Microsoft received a contract for the development of the IVAS system for a total of $ 480 million.

IVAS informs the military about the tactical situation on the battlefield. The microdisplays display digital maps of the area, a compass, data on heart rate and direction of sight; a thermal imaging complex is also built into the system.

The Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) is being developed to address capability gaps in the dismounted close combat force identified by Army leadership via the 2018 National Defense Strategy. The intent is to integrate key technology systems into one device to provide a single platform for Soldiers to fight, rehearse, and train.

IVAS looks at the Soldier as a weapons system, carefully balancing weight and Soldier load with its enhanced capabilities. Therefore, the Army is looking to amplify the impact of one dismounted Soldier equipped with IVAS and apply its capability set to mounted platforms as well.

FUTURE OF IVAS

The event was another step towards developing IVAS, which was recently approved to move from rapid prototyping to production and rapid fielding in an effort to deliver next generation capabilities to the close combat force at the speed of relevance.

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“One of the goals of IVAS was that it’s going to be a fighting goggle as well as a training goggle and we are 100% attempting to bring both to reality,” said Braly. “This is one of those key moments in our military’s history where we’re able to look back and acknowledge that we’re not where we want to be and we’re willing to make bold strides to get there. IVAS is without question an effort to do that, and we’re working diligently every day to make this a reality.”

Team IVAS continues to iterate the hardware and software prototype towards the Operational Test planned for July 2021 and FUE in 4QFY21.

“This is something that none of us imaged we would see in our careers,” said Martin. “It’s futuristic technology that we’ve all talked about and seen in movies and video games, but it’s something that we never imaged we would have the chance to fight with. It’s definitely technology that we are really excited to use as soon as they can get it to us.”