For now, the horizon established for the agreement is over a 10-year period.
Microsoft contributes to the improvement of the Army
A few days ago, the United States Army gave Microsoft a billion dollar deal. The company now has a fixed price production agreement to start the development of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS).
This business accelerates the manufacturing process for Augmented Reality (AR) headsets, as well as their implementation in the field.
Based on Microsoft's HoloLens AR headset, IVAS will provide Direct Combat Forces (CCF) with the next generation of night vision and perception capabilities tailored to each situation.
In addition, it will provide the Army with an advantage in terms of information sharing and the consequent decision-making in the various scenarios. According to Microsoft, the military will be safer and will become even more effective.
The company is prepared to supply more than 120 thousand headsets based on its RA HoloLens, over a defined 10-year horizon.
In 2018, Microsoft sold 100,000 HoloLens to the U.S. Army.
RA and machine learning join the American military
As stated by the Army, IVAS brings together several technologies in a single space, giving the military the possibility to fight, rehearse and train on a single platform.
For that to happen, the technology provided by Microsoft, with an AR system and machine learning built-in, it is based on capabilities such as high resolution night vision, thermal sensors for soldiers and ease of information sharing.
The objective is clear: to be better than any opponent, detecting targets, perceiving the situation of each military and making thoughtful decisions.
In fact, the combination of technology provided by Microsoft with combat tactics, could make the US Army effectively powerful.
The contract will involve, in 10 years, 21.88 billion dollars and will involve the delivery of more than 120 thousand headsets based on Microsoft's HoloLens of RA.
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