Leading augmented reality headset makers Microsoft and Magic Leap are among the companies currently battling for a military head-up display.
Offer documents and sources close to the situation lead Bloomberg that the US Army is looking for technology companies to supply 100,000 headsets at a total cost of approximately $ 500 million, with the first two years of contracting an initial order of 2,500 units has been agreed
Microsoft has confirmed that it is preparing for a pre-conference US Army HUD 3.0 project with Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co. has participated other companies met with representatives of the army
While Magic Leap was not officially listed among the participants, a company intended to MLH as the site "mlhorizons.com" and the same address as Magic Leap listed, participated. As Bloomberg reports, Chosen Realities is a subsidiary of Magic Leap and has filed papers to do business as ML Horizons.
Through lean steps, Magic Leap may have been ahead of the competition for the contract. Chosen Realities currently has a contract with the US Army to provide Augmented Reality Training for Deposed Soldiers. The contract, which amounts to nearly $ 1 million, is listed in the second phase of the project.
Based on earlier reports from Breaking Defense, HUD 3.0 shows virtual battlefields and enemies in the soldier's field of vision for training scenarios.  The army also wants to provide battle data, such as maps, in the field of vision of the soldier, rather than forcing soldiers to look up strategic data on a blackboard, as is common in some current military operations.
HUD 1.0 or "Enhanced Night Vision Goggles – Binoculars ( ENVG-B)" completes the tests and begins use in the field until October. This device displays tactical information and links to specially modified weapons for targeting.
Army officers have announced that they have skipped HUD 2.0 and will switch to HUD 3.0, as current technology already exceeds the requirements for the second execution.
The deal would be a huge hit for Magic Leap or Microsoft as both companies do their best to bring consumer-grade AR headsets into mainstream. Research and development to meet the needs of the army, such as form factor, durability and ease of use, will be applicable to engineers designed models designed for consumer use in the future AR Hardware Leader of 2018