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Microsoft Wins $21 Billion Contract to Produce Military-Grade HoloLens for US Army « HoloLens :: Next Reality

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After years of testing and modifications, the US Army is moving forward with its customized version of HoloLens 2 from Microsoft.

In separate announcements published on Wednesday, the US Army authorized moving from rapid prototyping to production and rapid field testing.

The Army officially awarded the contract to Microsoft on March 26, according to a statement. A Microsoft spokesperson revealed that the deal is worth more than $21 billion over ten years. Microsoft beat out Magic Leap for the initial contract, worth $488 million, to develop the headset in 2018.

Image by US Army/YouTube

Dubbed Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), the modified HoloLens includes sensors for night and thermal vision to serve up data intended to improve situational awareness, targeting, and decision making in the heat of battle. The headset also runs applications for training that simulate battlefield environments ahead of a mission. The headsets work in conjunction with Microsoft Azure cloud services.

“Microsoft has worked closely with the U.S. Army over the past two years, and together we pioneered Soldier Centered Design to enable rapid prototyping for a product to provide Soldiers with the tools and capabilities necessary to achieve their mission,” said Alex Kipman, technical fellow at Microsoft, in a statement. “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. We look forward to building on this successful partnership with the men and women of the U.S. Army Close Combat Force.”

Cover image via US Army/Facebook

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