The Army has ordered 120,000 of the augmented-reality headsets -- a contract which could be worth as much as $21.88 billion over ten years, according to Microsoft. (The total includes a five year base and five year option, Microsoft execs said.)
The headsets are based on HoloLens technology, augmented with Azure cloud services. They IVAS system is meant to help provide enhanced situational awareness that will enable soldiers to fight, rehears and train using a single platform, according to the Army's press release on the deal. The systems will provide high-resolution night, thermal and soldier-borne sensors that are integrated into the display. The system also uses mixed reality and machine learning to enable a "life-like mixed reality training environment." the Army said.