Alex Kipman, a technical fellow at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post published Wednesday that the Integrated Visual Augmentation System, which is backed by Microsoft Azure cloud services, “delivers enhanced situational awareness, enabling information sharing and decision-making in a variety of scenarios.”
CNBC reported that Microsoft will produce and deliver more than 120,000 IVAS devices to the Army under the contract that could be worth approximately $21.88 billion over a period of 10 years.
The Army said IVAS uses machine learning, augmented reality and high-resolution night, soldier-borne and thermal sensors to enable warfighters to rehearse, fight and train using a single system.
Microsoft will deliver the system to the service’s close combat force under the fixed-price production contract that was awarded on Friday.
In November 2018, the Army awarded Microsoft a $480 million other transaction agreement to produce IVAS prototypes.