Microsoft Corporation has entered into an agreement for the supply of 100 thousand prototypes of the appropriate reality of Hololens, which soldiers will use during combat operations. Military models will differ from civil, and include many new features.
In the tender bid, the military indicated that they need a system that would allow soldiers to increase combat efficiency, simplify the detection of objects and help make decisions faster than the enemy. The cost of the contract is $ 480 million in the document common between participants, the document states that in addition to the technology of augmented reality, the US Defense Ministry wants to see in the headset of the night vision function, thermal imager, sensors of vital performance, such as breathing and «readiness», state controls and Head protection.
At the moment, several armies of the world apply AR headset for soldier training, but before no one used them during hostilities. In the next two years, Microsoft must provide the military of 2.5 thousand samples of the device, and with their compliance with the declared requirements, will receive confirmation for the supply of the main amount of order. Competitors of one of the largest technological corporations were 25 companies, among which can be noted Lockheed Martin and Booz Allen Hamilton Holding.
Previously, Microsoft abandoned a multi-billion dollar contract, referring to the fact that employees do not want to participate in projects intended for military needs. However, this month the decision was revised. Representatives of the Corporation reported that about 50 thousand Hololens was sold now, which is only half of the expected supply for the army, which will become the largest consumer of the product.
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