US Army to Develop “Iron Man” Suits

October 10, 2013 | Kyle Chayka

According to BBC, the U.S. Special Operations Command is currently seeking to develop an Iron Man style body suit to give soldiers “superhuman strength” for an advantage while in combat. The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (Talos) would have a metallic frame, similar to the one in Iron Man, the film. These suits would be composed of additional layers of smart materials, each fitted with sensors and will likely be equiped with a device similar to Google Glass.

The requirement is a comprehensive family of systems in a combat armour suit where we bring together an exoskeleton with innovative armour, displays for power monitoring, health monitoring, and integrating a weapon into that.

Representatives from the US Army say that the suit cannot be created by one company alone but will require the cooperation of “research and development organizations, private industry as well as government labs and academia.” Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology would likely be involved in many of the crucial elements of design. This futuristic type of armor could be put into production within three years.