US Army Awards Microsoft $21.9 Billion Contract To Produce AR Device

US Army has awarded tech giant, Microsoft a contract to produce augmented reality systems based on its HoloLens 2 device dubbed Integrated Visual Augmented Systems (IVAS).

Recently, Microsoft scored another major government contract, this time to produce augmented reality devices for the US Army.

The US Army unveiled Wednesday that it has awarded tech giant, Microsoft a contract to produce augmented reality systems based on its HoloLens 2 device dubbed Integrated Visual Augmented Systems (IVAS). According to the Army, the devices are designed to help soldiers, "fight, rehearse and train using a single platform,"

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The agreement has a five-year base and a five-year option to extend. This could be worth up to $22 billion over the full 10 years. The initial objective of the project is to provide systems for US Army's entire Close Combat Force (CCF), which will mean producing over 120,000 devices. Reported CNN.

Well, this deal is a continuation of existing work on the devices that Microsoft has been doing for the US Army. In 2018, Microsoft was awarded a $479 million contract to develop prototypes of the devices, and the new contract unveiled Wednesday will take them into production and into the field.

Microsoft said that the Integrated Visual Augmented Systems(IVAS) headset, based on HoloLens and augmented by Azure cloud services, provides a platform that will keep Soldiers safer and make them more effective. "The program delivers enhanced situational awareness, enabling information sharing and decision-making in a variety of scenarios."

Microsoft also said that together with the Army it has pioneered Soldier Centered Design to enable rapid prototyping for a product to give Soldiers the tools and capabilities necessary to achieve their mission.

"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." wrote Microsoft.