Microsoft demos tactical vehicle to strengthen US Navy capabilities

28 November 2019 (Last Updated November 28th, 2019 11:22)

Microsoft has demonstrated an SUV with new technological capabilities to help the US Navy in designing innovative solutions for vessels.

Microsoft demos tactical vehicle to strengthen US Navy capabilities
Chief Warrant Officer Vergel Amado stands watch in the combat information center aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54). Credit: MC3 Class Ellen Hilkowski.

Microsoft has demonstrated an SUV with new technological capabilities to help the US Navy in designing innovative solutions for vessels.

The SUV, called Microsoft Tactical Vehicle, features sensors, onboard computing, and augmented and virtual reality for advanced mission planning to support the future navy and personnel.

The Microsoft Tactical Vehicle was demonstrated at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren Innovation Day earlier this month.

The Dahlgren Innovation Day briefers focused on how the Cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and cognitive services can impact the battlespace.

Experts from Microsoft discussed their technologies, including DevOps, AI, ML, as well as Azure and computing at the tactical edge.

NSWCDD Activity Command Information officer Glenn Jones said: “The navy and Microsoft briefs and demonstrations at Dahlgren Innovation Day enabled NSWC scientists and engineers to see and understand new technologies and tools available for engineering systems to meet mission requirements.”

Bolz pointed out that Azure Hybrid is capable of providing innovation anywhere. The ability to use Azure Stack with integrated systems, along with Azure Arc connecting any data centre in any Cloud to any Edge device, provides the ability to organise and govern across environments.

Microsoft’s executives have demonstrated the capabilities of Azure Hybrid and Azure Stack to navy scientists and engineers. They have yet to demonstrate how Intelligent Edge can be used to organise and enable data mining on any captured formats for extracting pertinent data.

NSWC Dahlgren Division Information Technology Hyper Convergence – Hybrid Cloud Team program manager Laura Martin said: “We were briefed on simple image recognition all the way to complex scenarios where multi-modal inputs led to actionable results from complex data sets.”

Microsoft has recently secured the $10bn contract to provide Cloud services to the US Department of Defense (DoD).

The company beat Amazon to secure the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) Cloud contract to migrate Pentagon’s computing infrastructure and data to the Cloud.