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The futuristic US Army goggles built to make soldiers unstoppable in the dark are almost ready for troops to take into combat

• None Soldiers and Marines have been putting the first militarized prototype of the US Army’s new Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) to the test at Fort Pickett in Virginia.
• None The evaluations, part of the third of four Soldier Touch Point events, are a big step forward as the Army pushes to begin fielding this technology later next year.
• None The headsets offer soldiers a number of valuable digital tools, as well as improved night vision and target acquisition capabilities, among other things.

The US Army just took a big step toward fielding a futuristic augmented reality headset that the service hopes will give soldiers the edge on battlefields that are “increasingly urban, congested, dark and unpredictable.”

Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne and Marines recently put ruggedized versions of the Army’s new Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) to the test at Fort Pickett in Virginia during a Soldier Touch Points (STPs) held by Army Futures Command’s Soldier Lethality Cross-Functional Team.

The first STP event in early 2019 involved commercial HoloLens headsets from Microsoft. During the second STP last fall, troops tested modified commercial Microsoft’s headsets that offered a lot of capability but would not survive infantry combat. That version did not even work in the rain, Breaking Defense reported.

During the latest STP, which was held in October, soldiers and Marines tested the first militarized IVAS headset, using it for land navigation, live fire, mission planning, rapid target acquisition, trench clearing, and after action review, Army Futures Command explained in a press statement.

There’s still a little more work to be done on IVAS before soldiers take it into battle. Following a fourth and final evaluation event, the Army is expected to begin fielding a combat-ready IVAS in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021.

In line with the 2018 National Defense Strategy’s emphasis on great power competition and the threat posed by near-peer rivals like China and Russia, the Army is undergoing a massive modernization effort. The Army is hopeful that systems like IVAS will allow the US to maintain its combat edge. Read from source….