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Microsoft Wins $22 Billion Contract To Supply US Military With Augmented-Reality Headsets

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

One year after beating out rivals like Amazon for the coveted Pentagon “JEDI” contract, a $10 billion mandate to rebuild the Pentagon’s cloud-computing infrastructure (despite a lawsuit from Amazon alleging unfair discrimination in the awarding of the contract), Microsoft has just won another major DoD contract, this one worth potentially more than 2x the JEDI contract.

Microsoft shares climbed on the news that the company had won a contract to build more than 120,000 custom HoloLens augmented-reality headsets for the US Army. The contract could be worth up to $21.88BN over a 10-year stretch.

Investors celebrated the news likely because, according to CNBC, the deal shows Microsoft can generate meaningful revenue from a “futuristic product” like the HoloLens, which involved years of research, and also lies beyond the company’s core competency area – software and its Windows operating system.

Microsoft Wins $22 Billion Contract To Supply US Military With Augmented-Reality Headsets

The mega-contract follows a much smaller contract worth $480MM Microsoft received to develop prototypes of the Integrated Visual Augmented System. The new contract is essentially an order to put that prototype into mass production.

Though it was widely panned when first release, the HoloLens (which costs $3,500) overlays a holographic interface over real-world environments, and allows users to interact using hand and voice gestures. For example, the headset can use thermal imaging to reveal enemy combatants hiding in the night.

It will also enable soldiers to fight and train using the same system.

“The IVAS headset, based on HoloLens and augmented by Microsoft Azure cloud services, delivers a platform that will keep soldiers safer and make them more effective,” Alex Kipman, a technical fellow at Microsoft and the person who introduced the HoloLens in 2015, wrote in a blog post. “The program delivers enhanced situational awareness, enabling information sharing and decision-making in a variety of scenarios.”

While Google parent Alphabet’s employees do everything they can to stymie their employers’ attempts to win lucrative contracts from the Department of Defense (GOOG’s hyper-progressive employees have deemed working with the DoD “immoral”, though they had little, if anything, to say about Google’s efforts to break back into the Chinese market) Microsoft is apparently taking the opposite tack.

We wonder which approach shareholders will appreciate more? After all, the Pentagon probably could have ordered 120,000 souped-up Google Glass headsets just as easily.


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johnny rotten

Microsoft in the real world is the property of the pentagram, shared with the 17 alphabet agencies, like all the so-called technological companie, created mainly with the purpose of global control and in a good extent also to enrich himself on the shoulders of the farmers.

Captain Freedom

Imagine those cyber trannies being in the heat of the battle and suddenly all they see is this: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1a05366345622cf95bb6188a55affe34d6153830d931b3707e4bb3194d947d66.png What could possibly go wrong?

Assad must stay



I don’t know about HoloLens. we have experience with HoloJens and I can’t say that I’m impressed!

Assad must stay





I bought this quick release scope mount for the AR-15 7.62×39 build that I’m working on to be able to mount the 30mm gun camera that I bought for the build above the scope.




This is a full auto that I trained on during specops school.


Potato Man

No-one have made a good with VR/ augmented-reality yet. It gonna be like F-35 programme, over priced and not useful under weather, far off.

cechas vodobenikov

USA believes hollywood fictions; toys don’t win battles, especially when the toys are more sophisticated than the children playing with them

Lone Ranger

More useless crap.

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