“Iron Man” Suit Prototypes Set For U.S. Special Ops By 2018

“Iron Man”-like exoskeletons designed for use by Special Forces and Navy Seals could be tested out as soon as 2018, according to U.S. Special Operations Command. These suits enhance protection, increase strength, and monitor body functions.

It’s a part of a project called Tactical Light Operator Suit—or TALOS. The program began in 2013 as a way of better protecting soldiers entering highly dangerous areas.

The exoskeletons would keep vulnerable areas like the head secure from bomb blasts while at the same time affording flexibility at the joints. A backpack would provide the power to help move the armor, which could weigh as much as 600 pounds. A coolant system, similar to ones being used right now for race car drivers and helicopter pilots, would keep the wearer from overheating under all that metal.

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Make no mistake—this is the future of in-person military warfare.

Meanwhile, scientists at MIT are working on “liquid body armor”—literally, a substance that “transforms from liquid to solid in milliseconds when a magnetic field or electrical current is applied.”

From your science-fiction movies to reality, in 5 years or less.

Via Business Insider and National Defense Magazine