Army sanctions HMD prototype development

Army sanctions HMD prototype development

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 01:36
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New Delhi, Feb 24


Augmented Reality Head Mounted Display (ARHMD) System is conceived as a capability enhancement to Land Based Air Defence Weapon Systems such as IGLA shoulder fired Infra Red Homing Air Defence Missile System and ZU 23mm 2B AD Gun System which will provide the operator with radar and Thermal Imaging (TI) sight outputs as overlays. The proposed system intends to enhance the engagement capability during night and conditions of inclement weather and the day-time engagements are also intended to be enhanced through increased reaction times, data computation for decision support and integration of output of TI sight. 

Indian Army is in the process of acquiring niche technology by procuring quantity 556 Augmented Reality Head Mounted Display (ARHMD) Systems under Make-II Category. After successful evaluation of vendor responses, Project Sanction Order (PSO) has been issued on 22 February 2021 to six vendors to start developing the prototype. The contract will be placed with one of the firms post successful development of prototype as per provisions of Buy (Indian-IDDM) category of DAP 2020. 

Development of Augmented Reality Head Mounted Display System under Make-II will be a game changer for Indian Army. It will be in sync with “Atmanirbhar Bharat” policy of the Government and will lead to “Self Reliance” by giving boost to the Indian Defence Industry.

According to the project Expression of Interest (EoI) document, out of 556, Igla units will receive 354 ARHMD and rest will go for AD gun units. The vendors are expected to deliver prototype in 52 weeks since sanction order and 36 months to complete deliveries after signing procurement contract. 

"The proposed system is designed to extract parallax corrected target data from Target Data Receiver (TDR) of AD Tactical Control Radar (TCR) and integrate the Thermal Imaging Sight output of IGLA system and ZU 23 mm Gun System wherever available and display it to the weapon / missile operator via a wireless HMD for Local Warning (LW), assisted targeting, launch assist and display of ancillary data enhancing engagement efficacy," EoI says.

The one kg ARHMD has to be adjutsable to standard army helmets.