U.S. Military ‘Iron Man’ Suit Drives New Competition

Posted October 28, 2014 at 8:50am

The Washington Post reports that “the U.S. military team overseeing the development of a high-tech armor super-suit for elite U.S. Special Operations troops is set to launch a new competition, pitting private corporations against each other to improve situational awareness for commandos while they are wearing night-vision devices or other optics.”  

“The effort focuses on overcoming challenges with latency in optical devices, said Navy Capt. Kevin Aandahl, a spokesman for U.S. Special Operations Command. It could improve the disorienting effect for those wearing advanced optics that can can see people, even in the dark, using infrared sensors or other means.”  

“The technology would be incorporated into SOCOM’s Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) program, which is developing an armor exoskeleton that could include super-human strength, sensors that respond directly to brain functions and liquid armor. It is commonly known as the military’s “Iron Man” suit, a reference to the Marvel comic and movie hero.”