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US Army 2021 Budget Request $906M for 40,219 IVAS Units

Army Boosts Big Six 26%, But Trims Bradley Replacement

The Army’s 2021 budget request trims the troubled Next Generation Combat Vehicle program 11 percent while raising spending on its other modernization priorities – more than doubling investments in new high-tech infantry kit.

But the big move into actual building something revolutionary is the acquisition of the first 40,219 Integrated Visual Augmentation Systems (IVAS), a militarized version of the Microsoft HoloLens augmented-reality goggles that will superimpose tactical data on the wearer’s field of vision, from navigational pointers towards objectives to cross-hairs for aiming their rifle. IVAS will even provide intelligence imagery to artificial intelligence algorithms that automatically detect high-priority targets.


The FY 2021 budget accelerates the procurement of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) to support the first unit equipped and initial operating capability in FY 2021.


President's Budget Highlights Document

Integrated Visual Augmented System ($906M OPA). Supports the ability to fight, rehearse and train in any operational environment, to provide the best possible 24/7 individual and advanced squad situational awareness in any operating environment.


$906M over 40,219 units = $22,526 per unit