The US Army’s New Goggles allows Troops to See Through Solid Walls

By: | March 10th, 2021

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The futuristic US Army goggles will allow soldiers to see through walls of combat vehicles. As a result, infantry troops will have unparalleled situational awareness. While in the war field, situational awareness is key to survival.

Ensures better safety for soldiers

These Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) goggles will also allow soldiers to see in the dark. Infantry troops that engage in close-range combat will know exactly where they’re going on the battlefield.

With these goggles, soldiers will be able to check around corners. They will also be able to project digital maps and other tactical data on the goggles’ lenses.

These goggles use feeds from multiple cameras mounted on the armored vehicles. This will help a squad of soldiers protected inside a Bradley or Stryker infantry vehicle to “see” through the walls of the vehicle. As a result, soldiers will have a clearer view of what’s happening outside without risking life and limb.

“Now guys aren’t hanging out of vehicles in dangerous situations trying to get views on what’s going on,” said Sgt. Philip Bartel of the 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team to the Army.

“Leadership will be able to maneuver their elements and get view-on-target without having to leave the safety of their armored vehicles,” added Bartel. “Maneuvering elements with that kind of information will minimize casualties and will overall drastically change how we operate and increase our effectiveness on the battlefield.”

IAVS goggles perform like heads-up displays (HUD) used on fighter jets

Just like HUD display on fighter jets, these goggles will provide critical information to a soldier within their field of view. IAVS goggles will display information like video, maps, and night vision directly in a soldier’s field of view.

So, now soldiers have not to take the reference of a paper map or electronic tablet. They can immediately call up a digital map on their IAVS without distracting them from the target objective.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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