While I do think this thing is cool, I have to agree with others, when first rolled out, it will be for back-office operations. If you can cut the
supply line by 1/3 then your already making a ton of money. Think about it,
If the U.S. has 1.5 million soldiers, of which only 300,000 are combat troops, this leaves 1.2 million for back end operations. Out of them, I'm
positive that a good 10% do supply, That makes it 120,000 soldiers. If these have an average salary of 20k, thats 2.4 billion your paying annually for
salaries. If, this can cut the supply workers by 1/3, you take 30k workers out, or 600 million annually. If each one of these cost 250,000, this means
you can actually purchase 2,400 of these just with the money you would save on salaries for additional personel. Thats 2,400 per annum, with a
reduction in cost over a 5, 10, or even 20 year service record for each exo-suit. At a 5 year replacement, eeach would be worth ruffly 50k per year
for the service life. If this was the case, to justify the expense it would have to do the work of 3 people, or 1 man fitted with it, could do the
work of 4. At a 10 or 20 year service life, the cost drops significantly, especially given maintence costs, vs salary. This also doesn't take into
account retirement costs for individuals vs resell value to 3rd world nations.
. I think if the can keep the cost of the initial model under 500k,
and retro fit existing "Modules" to work with it. I think it will work great.
On the down side of them. I see them being suseptible to fluid, dust, and electronic countermeaseures. AKA, you can't take them through a river,
into the desert, and if the enemy makes a low level EMP the suit is gone, with the guy stuck inside.
[edit on 30-11-2007 by camain]