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US military building real-life Iron Man suit

Posted on Thursday, 10 October, 2013 | Comment icon 21 comments

The TALOS suit is not dissimilar to that of Iron Man. Image Credit: YouTube / ModelMilitaryWeapons
Tony Stark's sophisticated robot suit may soon be more than just the subject of movies and comics.
U.S. Special Operations Command Chief Adm. William McRaven has put forward plans to develop a unique form of combat armor that would turn the tide in any battle. Referred to as the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit ( TALOS ), the armor would provide a number of benefits to the wearer.

Based on a special type of material that can switch between solid and liquid when exposed to an electrical current, the armor would provide lightweight but effective protection against bullets.

A climate control system would keep the wearer comfortable regardless of the outside temperature while tools such as night vision and an oxygen supply would enable effectiveness under a variety of circumstances.

Other features would include health and power monitoring with the ability for first aid to be administered to wounded soldiers automatically through the use of a special foam that can be sprayed in to wounds to stop bleeding.

"I'm very committed to this, I'd like that last operator that we lost to be the last operator we lose in this fight or the fight of the future, and I think we can get there," said McRaven.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (21)

Tags: Iron Man, Robot, Talos

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by Jacques Terreur on 11 October, 2013, 7:32
i dunno.....if i was an american tax payer, i'd be majorly pi**ed off to see my money go into stupid military "innovations" like that.....
Comment icon #13 Posted by schizoid78 on 11 October, 2013, 14:42
We all know that the next war will be a drone war. Didn't the US committed to have a high percentage of Robot warrior before the end of this decade, well before they got broke at least!
Comment icon #14 Posted by paperdyer on 11 October, 2013, 14:46
Tell that to the families who had service men killed in action!
Comment icon #15 Posted by GreenmansGod on 11 October, 2013, 14:59
I didn't say it was right, but it is the reality of war.
Comment icon #16 Posted by DieChecker on 12 October, 2013, 7:02
There were rumors about such armor (obviously less high tech however) back when I was in the Army 20 years ago. They're probably just dusting off old technology and putting modern electronics and materials into it. I've heard of the pizo reactive fluids. Also there are supposed to be pressure reactive fluids that go from soft and flexible to steel hard whenever a significant amount of force impacts the fluid. I'd rather go with a automatic reactive fluid then a sensor activated fluid myself. I've always believed that these kinds of humanoid armors would bypass the human rid... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by Big Bad Voodoo on 12 October, 2013, 19:04
Thats well said. Without second of empathy. Ah Darwinism.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Emeraldgemheart on 15 October, 2013, 17:06
Please tell me the next thing they're making is Captain America's super soldier serum...
Comment icon #19 Posted by Whatsinausername on 21 October, 2013, 10:54
Trillions of dollars in debt? Meh, let's build novelty army suits...
Comment icon #20 Posted by Frank Merton on 21 October, 2013, 11:09
Put him on one of those metal horses with a machine gun for a head and let any army in existence withstand such a charge!
Comment icon #21 Posted by Frank Merton on 21 October, 2013, 11:11
Actually it's the spending restrictions that are motivating things like this -- make each individual soldier more effective since the singularly most expensive part of the army are the soldiers.

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