Microsoft wins huge contract with US Army to supply augmented reality headsets

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Microsoft has said it has won a deal to sell the US Army augmented reality headsets based on its HoloLens product and backed by Azure cloud computing services.

The contract could be worth up to $21.88 billion over a 10 year period, a Microsoft spokesman told journalists at our partner news agency, Reuters.

Over the past two years, Microsoft has worked with the Army to on the prototyping phase of what is called the Integrated Visual Augmentation System, or IVAS. The company said Wednesday that the Army had moved into the production phase of the project.

In a blog post, Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman said the headsets are designed to deliver “enhanced situational awareness, enabling information sharing and decision-making in a variety of scenarios.”

US MADE HEADSETS

The headsets will be manufactured in the US, a Microsoft spokesman told journalists.

Microsoft was also in line to win the $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract with the Pentagon, but the contract remains in dispute in a lawsuit filed by Amazon.com. Pentagon officials told US lawmakers in February that the Defense Department may jettison the contract if the dispute lingers in the courts.

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After Microsoft announced a $480 million contract in 2018 to supply prototypes to the Army, at least 94 workers petitioned the company to cancel the deal and stop developing “any and all weapons technologies,” we reported at the time.

Earler this week, the workers’ group said on Twitter, “We would much rather Microsoft used today to stand up for Transgender people everywhere on Transgender Day of Visibility, instead of building weapons of war.”

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Translation from English to a growing list of other languages via Google Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Stephen Nellis and Paresh Dave in San Francisco. Editing by Leslie Adler and Alistair Bell.

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