Military Creates New “Iron Man” Suit

Military Creates New “Iron Man” Suit

The U.S. military is closer than ever to putting Iron Man on the front lines, or at least something that closely mirrors the superhero’s tech-forward suit of armor, CNN reported.

Unlike Hollywood’s, the suit won’t give its operator the ability to fly, but the real-life body armor may have one leg up on the fictional version: The military’s suit will be made of liquid armor that can solidify on command.

Fitted with protective gear, the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, troops would be more lethal and better protected, particularly the vulnerable first soldier to breach compound.

Plenty of academics, defense industry experts and Pentagon personnel are trying to fine-tune the battery-powered exoskeleton, which would reduce strain on the body, provide superior ballistic protection and in-helmet technologies to boost communications and visibility.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Matt Allen said the Defense Department does “not know how much TALOS will cost,” saying only that the Special Operations Command “has resourced an adequate amount of funds” to develop the suit.

The TALOS program has completed several prototypes and is on track to deliver a first-generation suit by August 2018.

About the Author

Sydny Shepard is the Executive Editor of Campus Security & Life Safety.

  • The Z-Wave Alliance Focuses on the Residential Market The Z-Wave Alliance Focuses on the Residential Market

    Mitchell Klein serves as the executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance, an industry organization that drives numerous initiatives to expand and accelerate the global adoption of smart home and smart cities applications. In this Podcast, we talk about the 2022 State of the Ecosystem, and the fact that technology has brought about almost unimaginable residential security resources. The Alliance also provides education resources as well as looking at expanding technology.

Digital Edition

  • Security Today Magazine - May June 2022

    May / June 2022

    Featuring:

    • The Ying and Yang of Security
    • Installing Smart Systems
    • Leveraging Surveillance
    • Using Mobile Data
    • RIP Covid-19

    View This Issue

  • Environmental Protection
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Infrastructure Solutions Group
  • Spaces4Learning
  • Campus Security & Life Safety