Tuesday, December 7, 2021

'X-RAYS VISION': The Army’s New Goggles Let Soldiers See Right Through Walls

Source: Popular Mechanics

Published: March 8, 2021

By: Kyle Mizokami

Now, infantry troops will know exactly where they're going on the battlefield.

  • The Army’s new Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) goggles can incorporate feeds from the cameras mounted on the outside of Army vehicles.
  • Now, soldiers in the back of infantry fighting vehicles can tell exactly where they are and where they’re going.
  • Eventually, the Army wants to buy 40,000 IAVS sets to equip soldiers worldwide.

The U.S. Army’s new goggles can help soldiers see right through the walls of combat vehicles, which means infantry troops will have unparalleled situational awareness.

The Army is developing its Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) goggles for close-combat forces, including mounted and dismounted troops, particularly infantry. The service hopes to field tens of thousands of the goggles, which can also help soldiers see in the dark, check around corners, and even project digital maps and other data onto the lenses.

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Because these goggles access feeds from the omnidirectional cameras mounted on the outside of armored vehicles, a squad of six soldiers, nestled safely in the back of a Bradley or Stryker infantry vehicle, can “see” through the walls of the car, getting a clear picture of the scene.

Paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division train with IAVS at Fort Pickett, Virginia in October 2020. - U.S. ARMY PHOTO BY BRIDGETT SITER

“Now guys aren’t hanging out of vehicles in dangerous situations trying to get views on what’s going on,” Sgt. Philip Bartel of the 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team told the Army. He continued:

“Leadership will be able to maneuver their elements and get view-on-target without having to leave the safety of their armored vehicles. Maneuvering elements with that kind of information will minimize casualties and will overall drastically change how we operate and increase our effectiveness on the battlefield.”

IVAS-equipped soldiers riding inside a Stryker armored vehicle. - DVIDS

The Army designed the IVAS goggles to act in a similar manner to the heads-up displays (HUD) on fighter jets. Like an HUD, the IAVS goggles project information including maps, video, and night vision across the soldier’s field of view.

Read more at: PopularMechanics.com
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