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The AN/PSQ-5 Heads Up Display, also known as the AC5 by its manufacturer is the successor to Acumen Science Laboratories' highly successful AC4 Helmet Mounted Display. The UNSC, impressed by the tactical ability of the AC4, sponsored Acumen to produce a unit to see use with all UNSC ground forces.
The AN/PSQ-5 HUD works by linking 13 soldiers into the UNSC War Net via the TACCOM. By patching directly into the UNSC TACCOM network, it can allow anybody within the UNSC and a certain distance to patch into the unit and observe their current combat capacity and status. The HUD can report injuries in squad members through links to the Body Armour, showing vitals and heartrates next to the soldier's name for quick identification, which is retrieved through their file in the UNSC network. The HUD can generate a field view of the surrounding area, report feeds from various sensor systems that may be present on the armour, bring up images from other squad members, UAVs and other recon and sensor assets, an ammunition counter and an energy shield meter. In the field it's microproccessors will identify friendly units and signal them with a 'green box' with their vitals and name noted and enemy targets confirmed through recon assets either on the helmet, drone recon or other recon assets are marked with a red box, usually with information bearing to their weaponry and 'type'.
The AN/PSQ-5 is linked to a whole squad, 13 soldiers at the max, and its information is in the heavily encrypted TACCOM channel, allowing anybody with UNSC access to gain access to it and read it's assets. This allows even units from different regiments to work together seamlessly.
In addition, the AN/PSQ-5 integrates with the systems of any particular vehicle, aircraft, or ship that the user is making use of, and it is equipped to all armor suits that the UNSC employs, including MJOLNIR VII, M4A2, and M6B. The AN/PSQ-5 also has a 'free standing' variant not linked to a helmet.