This Battlefield Heads-Up Display Turns US Troops Into Cyborg Soldiers

From self-aiming sniper rifles to bionic power suits, U.S. troops are rapidly gaining access to tools and technology that were the realm of science fiction just a few years ago. While PDA's and tablets currently connect our warfighters, this Heads-Up Display (HUD) from BAE Systems is the future of wearable battlefield computing.

Known as the Q-Warrior, this helmet-mounted high-resolution color, collimated display provides dismounted soldiers with real-time situational awareness. The system displays way points, monitors the positions friendlies and targets alike, provides details on incoming air support, and links in to sensor feeds from drones and remote vehicles.

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"Q-Warrior increases the user's situational awareness by providing the potential to display 'eyes-out' information to the user, including textual information, warnings and threats," Paul Wright, Soldier Systems' Business Development Lead at BAE Systems' Electronic Systems said in a statement. "Other key features include enhanced night vision, waypoints and routing information, and the ability to track both personnel and assets."

The display will reportedly soon be put through its paces by US Special Forces teams and, if it proves its mettle, BAE Systems expects them to eventually be integrated into every soldier's kit. [BAE Systems 1, 2 - Wired]

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I've been saying since the beginning that the Canadian government should've spent less time procuring F35 fighter jets and putting the money towards future-soldier projects such as these. Spending the remainder on tried and true existing model jets such as the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Future soldier projects have the power to provide greater capabilities for soldiers who do most of the work on the ground and provide far more jobs for far more citizens back home, rather than going to one gigantic defense corporation.