Military hunts for real-life Iron Man armor

New helmet, sensor, and communication technologies could feature in the TALOS armor.

(Credit: U.S. Army)

What if US special forces troops could virtually walk through a hail of bullets, lift objects with superhuman strength, and see in the dark?

A planned exoskeleton called the The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) aims to give them those abilities if it can actually be built.

US Special Operations Command chief William McRaven has been asking industry, academia, and entrepreneurs to collaborate in building the sci-fi armor, which was inspired by the death of a commando in Afghanistan.

Special forces has been planning the armor for some time now, and last month it issued an appeal for proposals for “enhanced mobility and protection technologies in a fully integrated assault suit.”

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