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Soldiers to receive futuristic goggles

Soldiers are to receive futuristic goggles that can help them "see" around corners.

The Army are rolling out a special device that will replace night vision goggles but will also allow soldiers to see through vegetation and smoke as well as tell the difference between a friend or an enemy.

Heat sources can also be identified using the goggles and the seeing around the corner feature works using a wireless connection. The information is displayed on a heads up display using augmented reality.

Army Colonel Christopher Schneider, the project manager for the system, told USA Today: "It is no longer just a night vision device. The enemy can't see we're targeting him until we pull the trigger."

Major General Maria Gervais, deputy commanding general of the Army's combined arms center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, added: "We won't be able to avoid the dense urban terrain or the megacities in the future."

This new device is expected to cost $23,000 each and is part of a wider modernisation program.

It was previously revealed that British and American soldiers are trialling 4x4 trucks, which can be controlled remotely using Xbox-style controllers. It would act as an autonomous resupply unit and reduce the risk of injury when they have to make deliveries of ammunition, food and other supplies to the front line.

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin said recently: "One hundred years ago we pioneered tank warfare with our US allies, and today we remain right at the forefront of military technology together. This exercise has proven the success of our ongoing investment in science and technology as we see concepts becoming reality. This particular project is spearheading solutions to the notoriously dangerous operation of supplying our frontline on the battlefield. Delivering crucial food, fuel and ammo remotely will help save soldiers' lives."

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