Microsoft wins contract supplying augmented reality headsets to US Army

Technology giant Microsoft has won a contract providing augmented reality headsets for the United States Army.

The deal is worth $21.9 billion over 10 years, a Microsoft spokesperson told Reuters.

The headsets will be based on the company’s HoloLens product and will be backed by its cloud computing service Azure.

The US Army will now work with Microsoft on the production phase of its Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) program, following a two-year prototype phase.

Earlier today, the United States Army announced that it will work with Microsoft on the production phase of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) program as it moves from rapid prototyping to production and rapid fielding.

Alex Kipman, a Microsoft technical fellow, said that the headset delivers a platform that will keep soldiers safer and make them more effective.

The technology provides enhanced situational awareness, enabling information sharing and decision-making in a variety of scenarios.

“Microsoft has worked closely with the U.S. Army over the past two years, and together we pioneered soldier centred design to enable rapid prototyping for a product to provide Soldiers with the tools and capabilities necessary to achieve their mission,” said Kipman. “We appreciate the partnership with the U.S. Army, and are thankful for their continued trust in transitioning IVAS from rapid prototyping to rapid fielding.”

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