The US Army soldiers will now be able to ‘see through’ the walls of their armored vehicles and monitor enemy movements during missions, thanks to the newly-developed Integrated Augmented Vision System (IAVS) goggles.
The IAVS goggles are being developed by the US Army for close-combat forces. According to a press release shared by the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS), the new goggles will help enhance the situational awareness of the infantry troops.
The breakthrough technology will be another significant addition to the military might of the US. The US Army is aiming to provide thousands of new goggles to its soldiers engaged in combat missions.
The goggles enable the soldiers to check around corners, see in the dark, and view digital maps and other tactical data on the lenses of the goggles.
The use of cameras lies at the center of the overall functioning of the IAVS goggles, with the new goggles using feeds from omnidirectional cameras positioned outside the armored vehicles.
This enables a squad of six soldiers who are protected inside a Bradley or Stryker infantry vehicle to have clear visibility of what lies beyond the walls of the vehicles.
The IAVS goggles have been designed by the US Army to function in a similar manner as the heads-up displays (HUD) that are used on fighter jets.
Commonly referred to as a HUD, the heads-up display is any transparent display that presents data without requiring the pilots to look away from their usual viewpoints.
While the HUDs were earlier developed only for military aviation, they are now used in commercial planes, automobiles, and other applications.
In a similar manner to the HUDs, the IAVS goggle will now display key information like videos, maps, and night vision directly in the soldier’s field of view.
According to reports, the IAVS system can integrate with troops’ weapons through a rifle-mounted thermal imaging night vision scope.
This will enable the soldiers to point their weapons while hiding behind cover or to check for enemies through the scope without exposing their bodies to potential attacks from enemies lurking in the area.
Importantly, with the help of the IAVS goggles, the soldiers might also be able to have access to cameras of microdrones hovering around the area of an active battlefield.
This will help the soldiers have access to what lies ahead and could enable them to form a battle plan to go ahead with the mission safely.