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Army to Soon Complete Tests of AR-Powered Situational Awareness System; Brig. Gen. David Hodne Quoted

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Integrated Visual Augmentation System

The U.S. Army will soon conclude the testing of a system designed to provide soldiers boosted situational awareness via augmented reality. The Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) functions as a heads-up display device that facilitates battle and training through AR technology and networked information, the Army said Thursday.

Tests for IVAS commenced on Oct. 18 and will be ending this week. Soldiers worked alongside marines at  Fort Picket in Virginia to demonstrate the system.

“In an environment where we share the night, the folks who can move faster, decide faster and think faster are the ones who have the advantage on today and tomorrow’s battlefield,” said Brig. Gen. David Hodne, who leads the Soldier Lethality Cross-Functional Team.

The Army intends to deliver IVAS’ first units within fiscal year 2021’s final quarter. The service branch funds IVAS’ development through alternative contracting methods to shorten the timeline. Microsoft has partnered with the Army to support IVAS’ development.