4 ways Augmented Reality Is Reshaping Military Operations


In Military operations, lives of warriors are put on stake.

At every step, a lot of risks are involved that require soldiers on the battlefield to be very cautious and endowed with advanced weapons and instruments.

With advancement in technology, fighting tools also become hi-tech.

But, not funding your soldiers with innovative gadgets means you lost half battle before reaching the battlefield.

This is really upsetting, but a true sight!

However, it’s not about making fighting weapons smart, but equipping warriors with smart gadgets.

Let’s not muddy the water and understand it through an example.

During war, your soldiers get deviated from their path. They are stuck in the forest and have advanced weapons, but don’t know whether they have stepped on enemy’s land or not.

Though, they have next generation tools, but these weapons cannot help them to get a way around. The threat of being caught and no way to contact commander or peers keep on hammering and scaring them.

Here, only a miracle can save them, right?

The magic of AUGMENTED REALITY can bring soldiers out of harm’s way.

The technology, albeit in embryonic stage, but its impact is ruling the market and now, harnessing the power of technology in defense sector, soldiers can become more powerful.

It enable warriors know where they are obstructed, can view virtual maps, indicators about possible dangers and get directions to come out from there.

AR superimposes the virtual information over real world object, when viewed with any digital devices. Head gears built using augmented reality provide vital information after tracking the current location of warriors or scanning the environment.

According to the Juniper research, augmented reality users will approach to 200 million by 2018.

Take a sneak peek inside- Where AR can be used in military operations is outlined here.

1) Transforming Battlefield With Digital Tags

A few seconds delay on the battle field may leads to loss of one’s life. Right on the field, soldiers need real-time information about their environments, even if they are not able to see it. They need to have knowledge about what’s behind the hills or in which direction enemy is moving.

With head mounted augmented reality display, warrior is overlaid with layers of information about the things which are obstructed in their vision.
ARC4 software renders augmented information on Head mounted display. Wearable sense the head movement and then displays data accordingly.

It is very helpful in team coordination during rescue operations as one can view which is invisible with normal eyes and enhance soldiers’ safety, speed and mission effectiveness.


2) Transferring The Information Seamlessly

Military commanders often assess the previous information and actions before taking any next step or providing instructions to the different people on the battle space.

The real-time information is not only yielded to the soldiers on battle field, while there is medic who needs injured soldiers’ health history or mechanic needs to know how to repair the not functioning vehicle and more.

It becomes difficult for the military commander to process all the information and information overload would occur as all the information is collected at one place.

Here, augmented reality applications would bridge the distinct tasks and render the information at right place at right time to the right people to fulfill the mission by having situational awareness. AR system is aware of various tasks, mission plans, current roles and a lot more, and then overlays the right information differently at different places.

3) Aid In Instant Actions

Battalions on the field play the game of life and death, no matter where they are or what type of war is going on. Soldiers require taking better and risky actions quickly, but poor decision result could be catastrophically high.

Here, instant information access can help in initiating correct & immediate actions.

For instance, squad can identify another unit and help them or soldiers can recognize whether approaching vehicle would pose a threat or not.

With AR solutions, fighters will have all these information before their eyes, which can help them in taking quick actions and save the lives.
Take the actions at fast pace without any distraction from the field.

4) Create Holistic Training Environment

Military trainings are extremely challenging and never are completely safe. Actual combat, running a tank or jet plane, practice under far circumstances, using weapons and pretty more are the part and parcel of these training sessions, that’s quite dangerous and expensive as well.

According to the USA Army, it costs US$3,500 to operate an attack helicopter for one hour, while a simulation only costs $500.

Simulation training leveraging AR would be cost effective and safe. Furthermore, these simulations not only trained the battalions while also have simulated robots or instructors who will monitor who are practicing.

By integrating virtual training applications in real environments reduces the need to model a virtual environment and infrastructure cost. Even, in the projection based training, 3D avatars are created in real world environment that act as a real actors to play for opposing forces.

AR simulation impact is so immersive and appealing that it will be embraced in all future rehearsals trainings worldwide.

Last word

Augmented reality took the world by storm and will continue doing the same.

It’s shifting the way military segment works and added a third eye to the soldiers.

From training on virtual battle fields to the real fields where war is fought, augmented reality wearable assist the warriors, simplify the complex emergency response with situational awareness, decision making and managing assets.

The technology is not restrained to the boundaries of ground battle while touching the sky to improve the awareness of pilots to enhance military operations.

What do you think about harnessing the power of AR in military is worth or mere a gimmick? Do you know any other use of technology in military? If yes, then please share your views in the comments section below.

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