• JCitizen`

    Geeze! I bet Google glass would have been cheaper, and it wouldn’t have mattered as much if you lunched it during a mission – easy to replace! Oh Well!!

    • orly?

      You really think they’ll survive the modern battlefield?

      Google glass looks fragile as hell.

      • Sal

        There’s no reason why an HMD needs to be this bulky. Six-15 and Liteye have been making see-through HMDs for years. The latest ones are small enough to clip on your protective eyewear.

    • GoodPlan

      Yeah I imagine its totally encrypted and would survive an EMP blast and a year in the field. Good idea maybe the army should drive Honda civics they are cheaper than specialist armoured vehicles.

  • Pete Sheppard

    More gadgets to go FUTZ, more weight, more distraction, all for a some whiz kid’s nice-to-have brainstrorm.

    • 1C3

      That same statement was probably made by the first guy required to carry the old full backpack style radios in the 40’s. If this thing can talk to ISR and tell me when a heat signature is closing in on me, I’ll deal with the 1980s CCTV being strapped to my head.

      • E.H.

        Heat signature closing in on you? That is why you have security always set. Talk to ISR? Radio’s have been working well for a while. What happens when you finally take contact? All the chatting to ISR and knowledge of “heat signatures” coming at you will not help when it’s the down and dirty actual firefight and you move like a sack of shit. This looks like something the super-pogs would rock when they are at the range……on the fob……where they have stayed the whole deployment.

    • This isn’t something you put on every soldier but for leadership it can be quite helpful. While calling for fire, directing fire it’s great to have friendly positions literally right in front of you. The same with access to the units’ drones as you attempt to corner the enemy or respond to his attempts to assault your position.

      • Slag

        So what happens if the leader is taken out, how long will it take to transfer to the next in command, provided he’s not taken out as well?

        • Typically the PSG would have the same equipment and if we issue it like we were going to do Land Warrior or how we are doing Nett Warrior, the squad leaders should have similar capabilities. Maybe they might have HUDs also.

          We’re a ways away, that HUD looks a little bulky on the side of the helmet there.

  • Tortise

    Seems bulky, isn’t the final product, right?

    like how the guy is wearing a BFG LMAC

    • 11b

      Wow, no need to get angry, it was a legitimate question.

    • The helmet kit is a prototype and not a final product. It is too bulky…but a very good evaluation kit.

      You’re close with the plate carrier…it’s actually a TYR Tactical PICO Pro vest.

      • Tortise

        Ahh, I see it, that cummerbund did look a little off.

        I would love to see the final model of this, maybe integrate the HUD unit into some goggles or shooting glasses.

  • Lance

    OK they tried this 10 years ago they found it to disorient the solder than it ever helped. We need less computer crap on foot solders keep it simple for them.

    • I was testing this sort of stuff ten years ago. The Land Warrior HUD didn’t let you see through it so you were walking around with one eye. The few see through HUDs we used were far superior. The downsides were they didn’t do color well and had problems in bright light. They didn’t introduce orientation issues. The technology discussed in this article is the latter.

      I’ve told you this before and you continue to insist on passing off bad information. It’s no wonder you get so many negatives.

    • Michael

      “computer crap” saves lives… i guess your in favor of going back to the colonial days where we get rid of all this tactical crap and just stand in a line and shoot at each other… why dont you join this century

  • Duke6

    Google glass can’t do what this system does. This is real augmented reality not marketing hype.

  • Stefan S.

    More shit for a FNG to screw up!

  • Slag

    This coupled with the exo skeleton and your right up there with the “Mech Warriors!”

  • Live video footage looking through the display and through an NVG.

  • GAM

    Is it worth more to carry than a ham sandwich?

  • ReconMan

    Making communications smaller, lighter, better is always a good thing. The challenge remains – light signature. For the human eye to see these screens and displays they have to be illuminated. That creates a detectable signature the enemy will use to locate and destroy the source. The only way to fix that is to put a seal on an eyepiece on a tube…no more “heads up” and all the issues from the legacy research reemerge. I have used small screens embedded in glasses and linked to thermal imagers and they work in special circumstances – darkness is not one of them. It has also been pointed out – troops will have this in pieces in a matter of moments in a non-lab environment. DARPA should keep looking, but have genuine, current field experts who can help them narrow the application to an appropriate audience.

  • Guns

    Do some of you people even listen to yourselves?

    Every single piece of equipment a war fighter carries has been the result of constant evolution and change.
    I know as well as you do that there are always introductory problems, the M-16 is a perfect example. But after modifications proved in combat, armorers have been able to develop the most useful and widely copied firearm variant since the venerable AK-47.

    Change is the only constant. Embrace it and live to fight another day. Shun it and you can retire quietly, telling war stories of long ago.

  • sryan5597

    I am all for improving an infantryman’s gear, giving him more protection and improving his ability to see what is going on around him. But I am a 92 year-old combat-wounded ex-infantryman (W.W.II) who is bemused by the way things have changed. And will continue to change. Always keep one step ahead of the bad guys.

  • T jesse RLTW

    And who is going to carry the battery and the replacement for this monster. There are alot of cool video game toys out there but until we can resolve the power issues it will never survive in front line operations. Stick to your video games until then.

    • Runs on the same batteries you carry now…All the Way!


    Can immediately see problems. As some pointed out the battery issue, it seems the soldier must wear this across his chest?? this will interfere and cost lives when a soldier must hit the prone position during combat. Another is the added weight, aren’t our soldiers carrying enough now? One other problem, your best shots are taken with BOTH eyes on target..how can this be done with one eye covered by a display screen? Yes, I am for anything that can safely and effectively give the soldier more information during a fight but this to has it’s limits. Head’s up displays for pilots? WONDERFUL For Tankers? TREMENDOUS For Arty? Bet your ass….for grunts? Not if it takes away from accuracy of the shot or from their basic safety and performance. The enemy is THAT way….go kill them.

  • Luke

    So what happens when a patrol is wiped out, no survivors, and a few of these are captured intact by the enemy?

    How much RF beaconing do these things transmit? How much do they need to receive to work? Heavy encryption is expected, of course.

    • Riceball

      Well, that applies for everything, going by your logic we shouldn’t issue out radios to our troops because a patrol might get wiped out and the enemy will capture our radios. Or our patrols shouldn’t carry maps, they should just memorize them, so the enemy can’t use them if they’re captured or wiped out. If something like this ends up getting adopted then there will be protocols in place that will instruct our troops on what to do if it looks they might get wiped out and their gear potentially captured, just like they do with radios and any other piece of tech or equipment that might prove useful to the enemy; you render it useless.

      • Automatic Red force tracking…would be nice to know their exact location…easier to drop bombs

  • Garry Bowman

    Anything that offers added security to our soldiers should always be welcomed upfront. Loaded with innovative features, the helmet is surely going a long way. The feature I liked the most is that the information from the drones can also be fed into the display, this is something amazing. But the price charged per unit is somehow very disappointing.

  • Jim

    Think about the radioman in WWII calling for artillery support and getting orders etc.
    One man in the squad with an operational version of this technology having real time information and able to give precise data back to the support people i.e. artillery, air support, medevac. This tech can be a true help, well worth the weight a trouper has to carry.

  • RockyMT

    What the hell, wouldn’t Liteye Systems, LE-720 be much smaller, no extra box, low power, see-through and probably at a fraction of the cost, and already fielded with US and UK military. Why is Darpa spending money on this junk.