Army field-tests augmented reality battlefield goggle to enhance reconnaissance and situational awareness

Nov. 23, 2020
Goggle uses a heads-up display that overlays augmented reality to show weapons sights, compass headings, situational awareness, and night vision.

FORT PICKETT, Va. – The U.S. Army has finished the first field test of its do-it-all goggle in the ruggedized military version that soldiers could see by next year. Army Times reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

23 Nov. 2020 -- Soldiers and Marines ran the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) through a company-sized 72-hour training mission at Fort Pickett, Va., at the end of October.

IVAS consists of a heads-up display to enable warfighters to experience augmented reality to enhance mobility and situational awareness and will enable soldiers to train in simulated environments with the same equipment they use to fight.

The exercise included one of the more difficult dismounted operations — a nighttime trench-clearing exercise. To make that challenging movement more realistic, soldiers weren’t limited to the IVAS goggle for targeting, night vision, thermal sights, and navigation capabilities. They also had micro-drones that they could launch and view through the goggle, conducting their own short-range reconnaissance of an obstacle before taking on the opposing force.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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