U.S. Army's top enlisted soldier tries 'do-it-all’ augmented reality goggle being tested for infantry

March 2, 2020
The Army has dedicated most of an entire building at Fort Belvoir, Va., to the IVAS program. Right now, the device weighs 2.5 pounds.

FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Rushing into the room, an infantry soldier sees a dog to his right his attention quickly turns to two men firing from behind a waist-high barricade. He takes cover with another soldier behind a wall a few feet away. Marine Corps Times reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

2 March 2020 -- This is just a piece of a larger demonstration that the lead shooter, and top Army enlisted soldier, Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston, tested in February on his visit to explore the Integrated Visual Augmentation System, or IVAS.

The IVAS consists of ‘mixed reality’ goggles in development to give individual soldiers a wealth of information from navigation aids to location of friendly troops, weapons sights’ views, facial recognition software and augmented reality avatars for training scenarios.

With tens of thousands of new soldiers arriving to Army units every year, the goggle gives squad leaders a chance to put the new soldier into a unit and run through battle drills, keeping the small unit ready at the lowest levels.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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