US Army soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division use an IVAS prototype during a trench-clearing exercise in October 2020 at Fort Pickett in Virginia. The system is poised to begin operational testing in May 2022. (US Army )
The US Army will begin operational testing with Microsoft’s militarised HoloLens 2 augmented reality (AR) system later in May, according to Doug Bush, the service’s assistant secretary for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. This move follows a mid-2021 decision to delay the crucial event, and ultimately fielding, to solve hardware and software problems.
Bush told Janes during a 4 May interview that he decided to greenlight the initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) after reviewing findings from the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) Soldier Touchpoint 5 event in March.
“We appear to have [made] progress on the technical areas that led us to delay the IOT&E,” he noted. “Generally, the feedback was positive, and it was good enough for me to authorise going into the operational test.”
During Soldier Touchpoint 4 around the April 2021 timeframe, the service discovered several problems with the device involving display clarity, IVAS Project Manager Colonel Troy Denomy told Janes