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US Army Plans ‘Iron Man’ Armor for Soldiers

The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) would have an outer frame and smart materials fitted with sensors. It would also be fitted with a computer-wearer interface such as Google Glass.

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US Army Plans ‘Iron Man’ Armor for Soldiers



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The US military is developing ‘smart armor’ that would give soldiers superhuman strength.

The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) would have an outer frame and smart materials fitted with sensors. It would also be fitted with a computer-wearer interface such as Google Glass.

The BBC reports:

It should be made of smart material fitted with sensors to monitor body temperature, heart rate and hydration levels.

The exo-skeleton, which could be attached to arms and legs, would be likely to use hydraulics to greatly increase strength.

“The requirement is a comprehensive family of systems in a combat armor suit where we bring together an exo-skeleton with innovative armor, displays for power monitoring, health monitoring, and integrating a weapon into that,” said Lt Col Karl Borjes, a science adviser at the US Army’s research, development and engineering command.

“It’s advanced armor. It’s communications, antennas. It’s cognitive performance. It’s sensors, miniature-type circuits. That’s all going to fit in here, too,” he added.

MIT professor Gareth McKinley told NPR that no one industry could build the suit, that specialists from many fields would be required to produce it.

The military aims to have TALOS in the field within three years.

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