Future is here – augmented reality goggles are entering service in the US military
WASHINGTON, (BM) – In the United States, there is a program Visual Augmentation System [IVAS], which aims to improve fire control systems, or so-called. optical products, which are an integral part of the equipment of the modern soldier. BulgarianMilitary.com learned, quoting Defence-Blog, that very soon augmented reality military goggles will be used in the ranks of the US military.
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According to a number of military experts, this type of goggles will be designed for full use – training, drills and real combat operations, including security and surveillance of sites. The American edition also writes that the augmented reality goggles will be integrated into the already existing Soldier optical system. In this way, the US military will have an additional opportunity – training on pre-set military missions, playing out different scenarios and analyzing the final results for the effectiveness of training.
Military experts call augmented reality goggles also mixed reality goggles. Such an optical system is made up of an integrated display with access to digital information. In this way, the soldier has the opportunity to work with goggles to monitor what exactly is happening on the battlefield and to track the actual combat operations. Experts say that such kits also have sensors of different sizes and functionality for the processing of thermal information in low light, which in turn helps the soldier to instantly receive and process information, targets and more.
According to U.S. Army Lt. Col. Brad Winn, equipping the U.S. soldier with augmented reality goggles brings his countrymen to a whole new military level and ahead of the competition, including the future enemy. The lieutenant colonel also says that thanks to this innovation, the soldier will have the real opportunity to see more than well through the system both during the day and at night, without expecting any problems with its operation, or to have any kind of violation of the soldier’s health.
According to Winn, the Pentagon wanted to develop just such a type of device – 3 in 1 – where the soldier will be able to learn, train and fight at the same time. “IVAS is exactly that because it improves the soldier’s decision-making as well as his movement on the battlefield,” says Lieutenant Colonel Brad Winn proudly.
But what exactly is IVAS? Because from the general talk of the military it is not clear the real functionality of the device, BulgarianMilitary.com acquired experts in the field of optical and information technology and they confirmed that this is an autonomous integrated system. Ie a soldier has information with his other colleagues on the battlefield, he can understand what their actions are, even if he does not see or hear them. Ie there is communication of the digital signal itself between the soldiers. This gives an advantage to each soldier individually, because he can understand where a target is without even seeing it, work with recognizable face software and even have a built-in translator in several languages, so as to avoid future difficulties in carrying out, for example, peacekeeping operations.
All this brings a very serious advantage to the soldier. He receives information from his colleague about things he himself does not see – such as a description of a suspect, a description of an object, a building, etc. Ie when there is a convoy or movement of the company in a different tactical formation, each of the soldiers is both front and rear, or on both sides, which greatly limits the future actions of the enemy.
At the same time, the IVAS system has a hidden function and it is saving the soldier’s life. When a soldier knows the whole environment around him at a time when he is hiding from enemy fire, he can build his future actions and make a decision that will save his life, but also save the lives of his comrades. All this makes him very maneuverable, unpredictable, informed and most of all – deadly.
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Augmented reality goggles, according to US military experts, have been tested for more than 20,000 hours before the decision was made to arm the army, and nearly 1,000 US soldiers have been involved in developing and testing the system. 2021 is expected to be a key year for the military, as these goggles will be integrated into military equipment in the same year. The Pentagon has plans to equip all special forces and melee units with similar types of augmented reality goggles, making all 58 U.S. military units.
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