” The US Army is working to develop “revolutionary” smart armor that would give its troops “superhuman strength”.
It is calling on the technology industry, government labs and academia to help build the Iron Man-style suit.
Other exoskeletons that allow soldiers to carry large loads much further have already been tested by the army.
The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (Talos) would have such a frame but would also have layers of smart materials fitted with sensors.”
Here is a video from a demonstration held in July 2013 .
” This video is a recap of the July Demonstration for the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS). This demonstration has led to the following press release from USSOCOM about the TALOS Broad Area Announcement (BAA).
USSOCOM Seeks Ideas for Advanced Assault Suit Development
Tampa, Fla.–U.S. Special Operations Command issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for proposals and research in support of the development of Tactical Light Operator Suit (TALOS) TALOS is a USSOCOM effort to provide special operation forces (SOF) with enhanced mobility and protection technologies in a fully integrated assault suit. Some of the potential technologies planned for TALOS research and development include advanced armor, command and control computers, power generators, and enhanced mobility exoskeletons.
“USSOCOM is interested in receiving white papers from a wide variety of sources, not just traditional military industry but also from academia, entrepreneurs, and laboratories capable of providing the design, construction, and testing of TALOS related technologies,” said Jim Geurts, USOCOM acquisition executive. “The intent is to accelerate the delivery of innovative TALOS capabilities to the SOF operator.”
The BAA goal is to foster collaboration with government, academia, and industry representatives on the TALOS effort. Prior studies and analysis have determined a number of technical challenges exist for the SOF equipment that require improvements for missions into the future. Those challenges include trade space between weight, protection, power, and mobility, cost, and system component integration
BAA will remain open until September 3, 2014.
For more information on the the TALOS BAA, go to:
And here is another video of the TALOS system , this time from a gamer’s eye view .
This revolutionary new combat system is in it’s infancy and the publicity is provided by the Army in an effort to get private industry to step up with the most needed technological advances necessary to make “Iron Man” a reality on the battlefield .
While we relish the idea of giving our soldiers every possible advantage on the field of battle , one must also realize that , that which makes the State more powerful against it’s foreign enemies can also be used against it’s enemies on the domestic front . Drones anyone ?
Or perhaps Robocop ?