US Department of Defense: IVAS visual enhancement combat test based on Microsoft HoloLens 2 postponed to May next year
According to ZDNet reports, since 2018, Microsoft has been developing a special version of HoloLens 2 for the US military.

This device is called the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), which replaces the Army’s own head-up display 3.0 work to develop a sophisticated situational awareness tool that soldiers can use to view key tactical information in front of them.

Earlier this year, Microsoft won a contract to provide 120,000 military-adapted HoloLens augmented reality glasses in 10 years, valued at 21.88 billion U.S. dollars.

In March of this year, Microsoft published a blog post stating that the Army has switched from the prototype design of IVAS helmet glasses to production.

Recently, the defense news publication Janes stated that the U.S. Department of Defense has suspended the Integrated Visual Enhancement System (IVAS) project.

Today, the U.S. Department of Defense responded to the report, stating that the plan is still underway, but the combat test originally scheduled for July this year has been postponed to May 2022, "in order to further mature the technology."

The US Department of Defense also insists that it is fully committed to a partnership with Microsoft to advance specific technologies, meet operational requirements, and maximize the impact of combatants.

Global Trends is informed that these helmet glasses are based on Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality goggles technology, supplemented by Azure cloud services.

According to the Army’s press release on this transaction, the IVAS system is designed to help provide enhanced situational awareness, enabling soldiers to use a single platform for combat, exercise, and training.

The system is designed to provide high-resolution night, heat, and soldiers-carried sensors, which are integrated into the display. These helmets also use mixed reality and machine learning to achieve a "lifelike mixed reality training environment."

"The Army conducted adversarial electronic warfare and cybersecurity tests in September 2021, and plans to conduct regular tests throughout FY22. This decision enables the Army and industrial teams to continue to strengthen the IVAS technology platform to ensure that soldiers operate in multiple domains. The Army intends to continue to develop and apply this revolutionary and pioneering technology in fiscal year 22,” said David Patterson, director of public affairs for the Soldier Department of PEO (Soldiers Project Executive Office).

The PEO Soldier Department also released the important progress of the IVAS project since its inception in 2020, as follows:
  • October/November 2020: Soldier Touchpoint 3 (STP 3) and Distinguished Lecture Day activities
  • December 2020: Quick and practical decision
  • January 2021: Vehicle integration VE2-- Stryker & Bradley
  • February 2021: cold weather test
  • March 2021: Production Award
  • March 2021: Tropical weather test
  • April 2021: Soldier Touchpoint 4 (STP 4)
  • July 2021: User Review Meeting for Navy Enlistment Standards
  • September 2021: Vehicle Integration VE3-Bradley
  • September 2021: Adversarial electronic warfare and cyber security testing
  • May 2022: Operational Test (IOT)
  • September 2022: First Force Equipment (FUE)

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