U.S. soldiers may soon be able to use Iron Man-like suits in the battlefield. According to a proposal submitted by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the U.S. is researching the possibility of using a special suit called TALOS, short for Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit.
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The suit will be used by special operation forces (SOF), and it will reportedly feature advanced weapons and defense technologies, including exoskeletons and a special liquid body armor that hardens when hit by a bullet or shrapnel.
Foreign Policy claims that the suit is being developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. TALOS is also said to provide the wearer with superhuman strength and night vision. It will also feature displays for monitoring health, as well as sytems for providing heat, air conditioning, and oxygen, said Lt. Col. Karl Borjes, an Army science advisor.
The suit can even stop wounds from bleeding using a method called "wound statis" or WSS that uses a stasis material to stabilize a wounded patient prior to medical transport. The USSOCOM plans to use these suits by 2016.
Source: Foreign Policy