The United States Army is calling on the tech industry, government labs and academia to build a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) that would provide soldiers with superhuman strength, night vision and the ability to walk through a barrage of bullets.
The suit will supposedly feature a type of liquid armor currently being developed at MIT “that transforms from liquid to solid in milliseconds when a magnetic field or electrical current is applied.”
Besides “full-body ballistic protections,” the U.S. Special Operations Command also wants the suit to include power exoskeletons, wearable computers and communications antennae, plus technology that allows the wearer’s “cognitive thoughts and the surrounding environment to display personalized information.”
The TALOS suit would also be equipped with heating, air conditioning and oxygen. As well, the suit would monitor a soldier’s health and stop bleeding via a “wound stasis” spray currently being developed by DARPA.
MIT professor Gareth McKinley compared the futuristic suit to those seen in Hollywood blockbusters.
“It sounds exactly like ‘Iron Man,’ he told NPR. “The other kind of things that you see in the movies I think that would be more realistic at the moment would be the kind of external suit that Sigourney Weaver wears in ‘Aliens,’ where it’s a large robot that amplifies the motions and lifting capability of a human.”
If designers, engineers and developers come through, the TALOS suit is scheduled to be used on the battlefield within three years.
Credit: Conrad Johnson, RDECOM Public Affairs