Science-fiction will soon become science-reality as the Pentagon gears up to test its ‘Iron Man’ suit by 2018.
The U.S. military is currently developing a battery-powered exoskeleton suit that will protect soldiers while on the battlefield. The suit is called TALOS which is an acronym for Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit.
Unlike Iron Man’s armor, TALOS will not be able to fly – hover or project repulsor beams from the operators palms. However, the suit will deliver enhanced strength and monitor the health of the wearer by checking heart rate and body temperature.
The suit will be made with a new defense mechanism “liquid body armor” that instantly transforms into a solid when hit by a bullet or shrapnel. Further innovative sensor technology will be embedded for advanced communication and heightened situational awareness.
The TALOS program was inspired by a soldier being fatally wounded during a mission in Afghanistan. The goal of this project, according to General Joe Votel is “To give that operator the advantage when he is most vulnerable,” Votel said.
The development of TALOS is currently being directed by U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Pictures or public footage is currently not available as the prototypes are set to be ready in 2018.
Technology at this scale is not without its challenges, for example, one hurdle for developers is powering the suit. There is still time to work out these issues, currently; we are still over a year away from having an actual TALOS prototype available for testing.
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