After an American commando died kicking in a door during a raid in Afghanistan, the top commander of U.S. Special Operations vowed to prevent similar tragedies.
Two years later, 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.
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.
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The US military is weeks away from delivering its first version of a prototype combat suit reminiscent of Tony Stark’s Iron Man. Called TALOS, or the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, the exoskeleton comes complete with cameras, computers, night-vision, medical telemetry and other sensors. Although the prototype set to be delivered is not powered to provide extra-human strength, a more complete model is expected as early as 2016. RT’s Lindsay France has more on the latest deadly innovation by the military.
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