Microsoft would have won a huge $ 480 million contract with the US military. The company will sell more than 100,000 HoloLens helmets to the military under the new contract, according to Bloomberg.
The US military is reportedly bidding for the new program, which is supposed to help its troops "increase lethal power by improving the ability to detect, decide and engage in front of the enemy" on the field battle. Microsoft was only one of the interested contractors, with other names such as Magic Leap.
The new contract will continue Microsoft's relationship with the Ministry of Defense. The company could potentially manufacture specialized versions of HoloLens for the US military. Bloomberg reports that the army has asked for features such as night vision and thermal detection, as well as the ability to measure and detect signs such as breathing and readiness.
The contract will require Microsoft to provide 2,500 HoloLens devices in the first two years. "Augmented reality technology will provide troops with better information to make decisions. This new work extends our long-standing trust relationship with the Department of Defense to this new field, "said a spokesman for Microsoft.
It is unclear whether Microsoft will offer the next version of HoloLens, or only the original version of HoloLens as part of the new agreement.
Microsoft's new contract with the US military comes at a time when the company's employees have been hit hard against government contracts.
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