First of all, this isn’t a Marvel comic, secondly, don’t get your hopes up for a Tony Stark-style suit. But still, this is exciting.
Now, immediate excitement dissipated, the US Military has said that its Iron Man armour will be ready to test this summer.
Head of US Special Operations Command, Navy Adm. William McRaven , announced at a conference in Washington DC yesterday; that three prototypes of the ‘Tactical Assualt Light Operator Suit’ (TALOS) are expected to be delivered in June.
The aim? To allow an operator to walk through a stream of bullets, and come out unscathed the other side. So, nothing like Tony Stark’s immense flying, all jazzy, amazing, super suit (with extra big guns); but more of a protective layer at this stage.
McRaven said at the conference, that the suit has the potential to save lives and:
“if done correctly, will yield a revolutionary improvement in survivability and capability for special operators.”
With the hope of adding an on-board (Jarvis style) computer, health monitor and MIT developed liquid armour, we won’t be far off Stan Lee’s Iron Man. With 56 corporations, 16 government agencies, 13 universities and 10 national laboratories working on it, we should have that suit flying in no time.