Since 2018, Microsoft has been developing a military version of hololens 2 specifically for the U.S. military. The device, called the integrated visual enhancement system (IVAS), replaces the army's own heads up display 3.0 system. The goal is to develop a complex situational awareness tool that soldiers can use to view critical tactical information in front of them.Now bloomberg reports that the project is under threat of budget cuts under the house's proposed pentagon spending measures for fiscal year 2021.
The House Appropriations defense sub committee proposed to cut $235.5 million from the program, about a quarter of its $906 million budget request.
Army plans to purchase 40219 IVAS helmets, but all funding requests have been marked
Ultimately, the army hopes to buy 108251 helmets by fiscal 2021.
The helmet was originally designed to provide soldiers with training opportunities to rehearse many repetitive combat scenarios, such as familiarizing themselves with urban areas and simulating engagement with enemy forces, without leaving the base and going to training facilities.
They have also found other uses: thermal scanners on helmets can be used to screen recruits for coronavirus. Congress is considering the Appropriation Bill on July 14, and we should know the extent of the cuts.