WASHINGTON: Top Army officials said today that the months-long delay in its highly touted, and high-dollar, Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) goggles was caused by technical difficulties encountered in the field.
A problem was discovered in the wider “field of view” provided by the goggles, which “pushed the boundaries of waveguide technology capabilities,” according to a new joint statement from Gen. John Murray, leader of Army Futures Command, and Karen Saunders, filling the role of the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology.
The IVAS goggles are supposed to provide soldiers with an 80-degree field-of-view, 40 degrees more than standard night-vision goggles, according to Army Times. But when stretching out to that peripheral vision, the goggles started to lose resolution, Murray and Saunders said. Janes first reported the challenges IVAS faced.
The two officials said that developers are “finding greater quality and clearer visibility” through “minor reductions.” The Army did not immediately provide details about the “minor reductions” to which the statement referred.
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