The US Army has awarded Microsoft a $ 480 million contract to supply the military branch with as many as 100,000 Microsoft beat out other Leading augmented reality headset companies, like Magic Leap, which will be joining the bidding process back in September. Microsoft has had the upper hand, focusing primarily on enterprise markets, unlike Magic Leap, which has focused on the barely-existent consumer market. Microsoft has also sold some headsets to the military.
"Augmented "Microsoft spokesperson wrote in an email to Bloomberg .
According to Bloomberg the military-grade headsets would vary extensively from the existing HoloLens design. They would include thermal sensing and night vision and used in both training and on the battlefield.
Cooperation between tech companies and the US military has become fraught with over the past year, with employees penning letters objecting to the deals. and challenging leaders in their respective companies to withdraw. Last month, Google pulled out of the bidding process for the Pentagon's $ 10 billion JEDI contract. Microsoft has continued to bid on the deal, despite employees disagreeing with the move.