A contract has been signed between Microsoft and the Department of Defense, by which the US Army would soon be supplied with custom-made HoloLens headsets as a part of the contract signed for 10 years. The deal is reportedly worth $21.9billion. Microsoft would be outfitting some 120,000 of its AR units to the US Army.
- Microsoft had confirmed to a publication that the devices would be built in the US, although no information on delivery date has been available.
- Alex Kipman, Microsoft Technical Fellow said, “ The program presents enhanced situational awareness, enabling information sharing and decision–making in a variety of situations. Effectively these headsets would enable the commanders to share tactical data with the soldiers in the field and also adorned to provide night vision capabilities”.
- For the past two years, Microsoft reportedly has worked closely with the US army, and together they have established Soldier Centered Design to facilitate rapid prototyping for a product to provide soldiers with devices and abilities necessary to achieve their mission.
- This declaration followed a deal of $480 Million which was sanctioned off between Microsoft and DoD in 2018 to generate an Integrated Visual Augmented System (IVAS) based on the standard $3500 HoloLens sets and enlarged using Azure cloud services.