U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers have been testing a new Integrated Visual Augmentation System that has been designed to assist soldiers in making quick decisions with the help of mixed reality technology.

US Army VR Combat Goggles

The soldiers in the 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 1st Infantry Combat Team wear futuristic goggles and rehearse combat missions under extreme conditions such as high humidity, sweltering 100-degree plus heat and even some thunderstorms. The VR training combines squad radios, cloud services as well as the relevant combat information and make these available for visualization inside futuristic goggles.

The Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) could, in the future, also integrate high-resolution digital sensors and next-generation 24/7 situational awareness tools to provide a single platform for improving soldier sensing, target acquisition, decision making as well as target engagement.

According to Army Secretary Christine Wormuth, the technology will only get better and future device will be more streamlined and less clunky.

The Army says the device will be of great benefit to soldiers, helping improve the reaction time for unit leaders that have to make quick decisions under stress during battle.

According to the army, the device provides an outside look into a Company from the Operational Test Command without grappling with the pressures of graded evaluations that are usually applied in training events.

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