These Tactical Glasses Could Give Marine Grunts an F-35 Pilot's View of the Battlefield

As seen through a night-vision device, Marines sit aboard an MV-22B Osprey before conducting a raid on a mock enemy compound during a composite training unit exercise at Camp Lejeune, NC, on July 24, 2015 (source: Marine Corps).

As seen through a night-vision device, Marines sit aboard an MV-22B Osprey before conducting a raid on a mock enemy compound during a composite training unit exercise at Camp Lejeune, NC, on July 24, 2015 (source: Marine Corps).

September 11, 2019 | Source: Military.Com, Matthew Cox, 30 August 2019

Marine infantrymen may soon be able to see through the floor of an MV-22 Osprey and track terrain features as they approach their attack objective.

It sounds like science fiction, but Marine Lt. Col. Rory Quinn of the Pentagon's Close Combat Lethality Task Force says it could become reality if the Marine Corps decides to field the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), a sophisticated Microsoft technology that the Army is developing to give soldiers a new level of situational awareness in combat.

In October, the Army will hold its second round of soldier evaluations, known as Soldier Touch Points, on what will eventually consist of a special set of tactical glasses that will display a soldier's weapon sight reticle and other key tactical information they will take into battle.

Army officials say IVAS will be ready for initial fielding in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021.

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