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US Army Awards Microsoft $480M AR Headset Contract

The U.S. Army is incorporating augmented reality into battle, and Microsoft just won a major deal.
Posted at 11:23 AM, Nov 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-29 11:23:36-05

Soldiers may soon be using augmented reality on and off the battlefield.

The U.S. government awarded Microsoft a nearly $480 million contract to equip the military with prototype AR headsets.

A Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement to media outlets that the technology "will provide troops with more and better information to make decisions." The Army asked Microsoft to incorporate heads up display, thermal and low-light sensors and a synthetic training environment, among other capabilities.

The contract is part of the Army's Integrated Visual Augmentation System program. 

Microsoft will provide 2,500 prototypes to soldiers. The government could eventually purchase as many as 100,000 headsets.