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U.S. Army wants Iron Man-like suit

Staff writer ▼ | October 15, 2013
The Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has commissioned a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS), which will likely contain liquid armor, a substance that is being developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
TALOSThe Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has commissioned a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS), which will likely contain liquid armor, a substance that is being developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Army researchers are responding to a request from the U.S. Special Operations Command for technologies to help develop TALOS. Using wide-area networking and on-board computers, operators will have more situational awareness of the action around them and of their own bodies.

The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) is submitting TALOS proposals in response to the May 15, 2013 request. "There is no one industry that can build it," said SOCOM Senior Enlisted Advisor Command Sgt. Maj. Chris Faris during a panel discussion at a conference at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., reported Defense Media Network.

However, many things have been considered impossible until someone actually built them. A combat simulation video that appears on YouTube features a soldier donning the Sci-Fi-like body armor smashing through a wooden door before staring down a hail of machinegun fire.

SOCOM hopes to incorporate a "comprehensive family of systems in a combat armor suit where we bring together an exoskeleton with innovative armor, displays for power monitoring, health monitoring, and integrating a weapon into that – a whole bunch of stuff," Lt. Col. Karl Borjes, an Army science advisor assigned to SOCOM, said in a statement.

Should a soldier suffer an injury, "the TALOS would monitor their health and even stop bleeding using a "wound stasis" program such as one being developed by DARPA that sprays foam onto open injuries," John Reed, a military expert, wrote in Foreign Policy.


 

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