Army seeks to speed fielding of IVAS augmented reality goggles to top-tier units on the battlefield

Feb. 24, 2020
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ARLINGTON, Va. – The U.S. Army wants to buy enough of a new augmented reality, do-it-all goggles to outfit nearly half of all close combat forces, from infantry to scouts and engineers, starting next year. Army Times reports. Continue reading original article

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24 Feb. 2020 -- Earlier this month, the service released its fiscal year 2021 budget, which will have to go through lengthy scrutiny and likely changes by Congress before becoming official, and is requesting 40,219 Integrated Visual Augmentation Systems, or IVAS.

Late last year, Army officials targeted late 2021 for beginning IVAS fielding. No specific unit has been identified as the first intended to receive it but Army brass have said the goggles would go to “top tier” units before rolling out to other infantry formations.

The service is asking for more than $906 million for IVAS efforts next year and just over $1 billion the following year. Funding drops to about $320 million in fiscal year 2023 and to less than half that amount, or $148 million by fiscal year 2025, which is as far as budget documents project on these types of programs.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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