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Russia is developing a 'Stormtrooper' exosuit
By T.K. Randall
July 9, 2017 · 9 comments
The futuristic exoskeleton combat suit looks like something straight out of a science fiction movie.
Keen to ensure that its armed forces are well equipped for any and all challenges the future might hold, Russia's Central Research Institute for Precision Machine Building (TsNIIMash) is working on creating a state-of-the-art suit of Star Wars-esque combat armor.
Featuring a powered exoskeleton, a heads-up display inside the helmet and even a ballistic protection system designed to keep the wearer safe from enemy bullets, the suit is still just a concept at the moment but there are plans to begin production within the next few years.
Not to be outdone, the US military is also believed to be working on something similar known as the Tactical Light Operator Suit (TALOS) which takes its inspiration from the Marvel superhero Iron Man.
Just how many of these combat suits will actually be produced however remains unclear.
"Future warfare will involve operators and machines, not soldiers shooting at each other on the battlefield," said Lt General Andrey Grigoriev of Russia's Advanced Research Foundation.
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