This is not the first time that the US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) has talked about their desire to get a real life version of Iron Man's suit for soldiers, but now it's giving a very specific timeframe: "The goal is to have a contract in place by next fall and have suits ready for full field testing in about four years."
While the Army's Iron Man suit—officially called Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS)—will not have flying capability, little missiles, or repulsors, the feature list is still extremely impressive.
RDECOM wants TALOS to have ballistic and shock protection—using an armor that will get from flexible soft surface to hard metal solid, capable of repelling ammo when applying an electric current. Oh, and fire-retardant capability. The Army also wants the suit to "store and release energy to prevent injuries and increase performance."
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are currently developing armor made from magnetorheological fluids—liquid body armor—that transforms from liquid to solid in milliseconds when a magnetic field or electrical current is applied. Though still in development, this technology will likely be submitted to support TALOS.
Isn't this the third thread on this? And the second you've started?
Or are they different?
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Sounds like the T-51 Power armor off the Fallout games.
Like an earlier poster mentioned though how are they going to find a suitable power source for these things? You'd need a mini nuclear reactor or something in them and what about EMP weapons?
Just an expensive tin can if it was to be disabled in active engagement.
Well isn't this interesting. Iron Man suits for soldiers. And with a timeframe of 4 years?
I can only imagine that this is some black project that's been in use for years and is just now going to come to light.