It’s official, the United States Army awarded Microsoft Corporation a fixed price production agreement to manufacture the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS). This system combines multiple technologies into an architecture that allows soldiers to fight, rehearse, and train using a single platform. It leverages existing high-resolution night, thermal, and soldier-borne sensors integrated into a unified heads-up display to provide the improved situational awareness, target engagement, and decision-making necessary to match up against adversaries. Read more for a video and additional information.
This system also leverages augmented reality and machine learning to create a life-like mixed reality training environment so the Close Combat Force (CCF) can rehearse before engaging any adversaries. The partnership with Microsoft redefined the timeline for rapid development and production of a major defense program by taking advantage of the Middle Tier of Acquisition and Other Transaction authorities, and partnering with a non-traditional defense contractor that is an industry leader in developing innovative technology.
We appreciate the partnership with the U.S. Army, and are thankful for their continued trust in transitioning IVAS from rapid prototyping to rapid fielding. We look forward to building on this successful partnership with the men and women of the U.S. Army Close Combat Force,” said Microsoft.