Microsoft Corp. has agreed to build custom augmented-reality headsets for the U.S. Army in a deal worth up to $21.9 billion, expanding the technology company’s role as a major government supplier.
The devices will be based on Microsoft’s
HoloLens headset that made its debut in 2016, the company said in a blog post Wednesday. More than 120,000 units of the custom gear will be delivered over a 10-year period and supported by Microsoft’s Azure cloud-computing service. The headsets will help keep America’s soldiers safer and make them more effective, Microsoft said, in part by enhancing their situational awareness and providing training opportunities.