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Japanese Iron Man Suit for Sale

by Mike Hoffman on August 6, 2012

With a bare-bones sticker price of $1.3 million, Suidobashi Heavy Industry will build you a high-tech, robotic suit that might even make Tony Stark a little nervous.

Suidobashi’s Kuratas robot stands 13-feet tall and weighs about 6 tons. It comes standard with a leather seat and a “next-generation” V-Sido robot operating system, which allows the pilot to move the this gigantic bot’s arms and drive it around at a speed of six miles per hour. Weapon systems such a pair of BB-firing mini guns cost extra (Click below to see the super suhweet video).

The diesel-powered Kuratas can also be controlled remotely through a 3G network.

The Japanese company’s website displays videos and sophisticated-looking graphics of the Kuratas robot but unfortunately lacks a lot of detailed info.

Either way, we here at Defense Tech think it would make a nice addition to the office.

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Guest August 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm



guest August 7, 2012 at 4:01 am

ill have two!


Zach August 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Really Want.


Sourpuss August 16, 2012 at 12:42 am

Can't afford!!


Joe Herrold August 17, 2012 at 7:49 am

um, a little need to overcompensate for … inadequacy somewhere else?


dirtylodown August 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Its a mech, not a Iron man suit.


Nick T. August 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Strangely people tend to group the two together.


They see me trollin', they hatin' August 8, 2012 at 8:22 am

Mister I’m going to a smarty pants.


kolin August 7, 2012 at 10:49 pm

agreed lol


kolin August 7, 2012 at 10:50 pm

to the not an iron man comment


Belesari August 6, 2012 at 5:35 pm
blight_ August 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Metal Gear?


JM August 7, 2012 at 10:37 pm



Josh K. August 11, 2012 at 12:56 am



Nadnerbus August 6, 2012 at 6:02 pm

If it doesn't transform into an airplane or possibly a dinosaur, I don't want it.


turtleboy November 13, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Fyi the original transformer came from japan from a company called takara, untill hasbro bought the toyline off, the first animated transfromer was written in america and animinated in japan some of these earliest animation of transformer itself is in anime and that why if u come to japan u might see some new character of transformer that you wont see here in america, alot of the transformer character like hotshot is model directlyy from japanese transformable mech such as diaclone or gobot… alot of robotics and transnformable mech and mechs originated from japan , transformer has been swicthing back and forth from japan and america to produce it, recent transformer film from micheal bay leads many ignorant people to think that it is from the US, im sure the writter is awre of gundam but he CHOOSE to call it ironman just so their is a hint of trademark with US in it. but this resemble many japanese mech and gundam rather then anything..might as well called battle tech and mech warrior an american gundam


Tiger August 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Looks like the bad robot from Robocop…..


Brad August 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Do you think they could bring it down to $1.1 if i got the fabric interior instead of the leather?

My REAL question is how upgradeable are those BB firing mini guns?


Matrix_3692 August 6, 2012 at 11:53 pm

to my knowledge, japan was a very strict gun-control law, so anything able to use live ammo is out of the question, so BB rounds are the best thing you get from original "factory" units


Pat August 7, 2012 at 10:26 am

How about a couple of GE miniguns in the arms?


Sourpuss August 16, 2012 at 12:43 am



Zach August 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm

BB firing Mini guns Finally i will dominate airsoft matches HaHa!!!


jsallison August 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Feh, kneecap it with my locust and riverdance on it's rusting corpse.


Guest August 8, 2012 at 11:03 am

finally!!! A BattleTech ref.


blight_ August 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Considering the Rifleman and the Marauder debuted as Macross mecha designs…

Give it some SRMs in the face


Jayson August 6, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Still waiting for the Madcat with PPC or even a Veritech. I doubt we are getting an Optimus Prime anytime soon. I can see Metroplex arriving first though.

This is the next step I can see on the battlefield though.


Belesari August 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Hell no.

This thing would be ripped apart in seconds on the modern battlefield. It has no armor and it only goes 6mph. Wait till a rock gets stuck in a join or it falls over.

The armored suits like they are working on now are far better.

Thats the problem with mecha. They are at best support. If you can build 300 sets of power armor which can take on this thing one on one what is the point?


Matrix_3692 August 6, 2012 at 11:56 pm

well considering that this is the first generation mechs it's suppose to solve the "do you have it / can you built it" problem, performance and combat role issues came later, when they have developed that far.


nik September 10, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Im waiting for a Timberwolf.


Pat August 6, 2012 at 8:54 pm

The Smile shot. Now I want one.


Rob August 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Nice toy. Expensive as hell for piece of art, which website claims it to be. Video does not convince me it functional. If i were to compare this to anime, i'd say it would be Votoms size machine or Workmate (Appleseed). However, those arms would be able grab something easily or conviently. Perhaps money they're gain form this prototype/art piece wil lead to more functional item. PR really has people going about this on the net so far.


stephen russell August 6, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Love to see limited production & lower price for Mecha.
have Options:
Utility models.


Prodozul August 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Next step Gundams


Speedy August 6, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Ok, call dibs on a Madcat AND a Raven (Madcat for fire support, Raven for nipping down to the shops for milk etc.)


WHAT August 6, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Dear Santa…


Matrix3692 August 7, 2012 at 12:05 am

i swear i gonna built something of this class after i graduate, and i’m not stopping until i’m able to mount a pair of 205mm recoiless gun on it’s shoulder.


traindodger August 7, 2012 at 1:51 am

Holy crap, it's just like an SV from Phantom Crash! :D

About the same size and everything.


Ems August 7, 2012 at 2:19 am

as a product, this is Bullshit …but it is Art for sure..they might get that much at a charity auction.


traindodger August 7, 2012 at 4:02 am

I don't know, man. It sure would be easy to mount some real weapons onto something like this. Then again, it's basically just a slow, one-person armored car that presents a huge target and probably can't go off-road.

Now, if they made one with a v-hull and articulating legs that allow it to lower itself to about car-height and powerful drive-by-wire in-hub wheel motors capable of propelling it to at least 60 miles per hour, they'd have a serious platform on their hands with actual civil and military applications.

Imagine if you had a vehicle that could hide behind structures and raise itself up just enough for its gun to peek over the top while the rest remains in defilade, or lift one of its wheels to ride over a tall obstacle. As it stands, this is just a moving piece of art. However, with enough R&D money, something like this could one day be practical, battlefield-proven technology.


Ems August 7, 2012 at 2:20 am

as a product, this is BuIIshiat …but it is Art for sure..they might get that much at a charity auction.


STemplar August 7, 2012 at 3:28 am

Is it stealthy or modular? Because if it isn't it's crap……..


Matrix_3692 August 7, 2012 at 4:15 am

relax, it's barely pass prototype stage, stealth and modular comes later when this tech had reach the point where it needed it ( like when it's field-ready)


STemplar August 8, 2012 at 3:45 am

So what you're saying is my attempt at sarcasm was unsuccessful?


Matrix_3692 August 8, 2012 at 5:30 am

the truth? yes, very unsuccessful sarcasm. no offense.


Bubba August 7, 2012 at 6:54 am

Of course this may just be me and a little of subject but if we are looking for a full body suit why not use boron carbide. One can shape it to a leg or torso and then actually use a HUD in the helmet. It actually would work and it would stand almost anything short of a 50. Cal. Mechs would be awesome don’t get me wrong but all it would do is attract an airstrike or rocket fire. When that happens it would leave troops wthout their “scapegoat “if u will.


engrish August 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

lol @ claw = crow


Ronald August 7, 2012 at 9:53 am

All I want to know is can I get it in a street legal version with 30 mph top limit. I can just see tooling around Houston. The best part would be putting my handicap tags on it and calling it my new motorized wheel chair lol


shawn1999 August 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

Just think- the US Gov can buy a whole load of them (5) and sink all defense budgets into them and upgrading them and use them to replace the battalions of soldiers we have now- just as they are doing with the over priced high tech ships- then we'll have an outnumber navy AND army (AF too, if the JSF costs keep going up like they are)!!


Matt August 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

If you people had any idea how much went into making this thing you wouldnt bag on it so much…
The guys who made this took an ENORMOUS risk in the development of this unit footing the bill entirely. Its not a practical production model but a proof of concept, one they believed in so much it justified the cost. You can damn well bet people like DARPA are taking a look at it despite what you consider being a frivoulus toy or " Art".

And when one day these things are parked on the corner in front of our house enforcing curfiew well see just how many smarmy misinformed comments we get from the troll patroll…LOL


Pappa51 August 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

It looks like thw ones that Iron Man always defeats in the movies. Just a thought. . .


Pappa51 August 7, 2012 at 11:34 am

Sorry T ipo it should reed "Looks Like thee 1's that iron Man all ways defeats in the Move ws."


Mitch S. August 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Add shielding and it could be useful for cleaning up some oh, nuclear reactors. I hear Japan may have some that are in serious disrepair.
It was disheartening to see Japan, a leader in robotics and automation, send suicide squads into the Fukushima reactor sites.


Belesari August 7, 2012 at 6:43 pm

You realise that the entire fukashima accident was blown WAY out of proportion right?

No one has died from it. Infact there are people all over the world who live in area's that because of thorium get a far larger dose year round than the people who went into fukashima.

Just a thought.


Jayson August 7, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Once Kim Dotcom gets acquitted (we know he will be since it's a DOJ trainwreck) I can forsee him being first in line to get a couple to patrol his island along with his inflatable tank.

As for defenses, being as tall as it is, it'll have better LoS and dealing with aircraft, why wouldn't it have it's own anti a/c defenses of some sort. It's a platform that has a lot of potential down the road, even specializing roles.

I'm just saying it starts from somewhere and this could be it.


dphil0812 August 7, 2012 at 3:21 pm

As Peter Griffin would say, "Freakin SWEET!". I bet I could even take care of those pesky squirrels in my dang pecan trees too! "Does it come in black?"


Belesari August 7, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I could see something like this leading to construction and such robotics.

Its a long ways from anything for combat though.

As other have said the combat mechs in Appleseed are probably the best bet.


Riceball August 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Like the labors from Patlabor which would eventually lead to Patrol or Police labors which in turn would probably eventually lead to military labors.


Matrix_3692 August 9, 2012 at 11:20 am

actually, in the anime "Patlabor", military labors appear before law-enforcement units, and older units like the Hannibal had already been in active service and Peace-Keeping operations overseas when the concept of law-enforcing labor where being considered by the government.


Jupiter33458 August 7, 2012 at 11:13 pm

I have one kidney for sale.
Asking 2.4m US.


Steve August 8, 2012 at 12:26 am

If my dad was rich, I'd have one.


Ross August 8, 2012 at 7:18 am

it is quite amusing that many of the comments condemning things like this as rubbish FOREVER because it lacks armour and speed etc…just how similar it was in the early 1900s when the tank was originally developed. We all now dismiss those original critics as retarded old-fashioned cavalry aristocrats.

things take time to mature. this thing is, as people have mentioned, merely proof of concept and nonviable currently. This does not mean things like this will be nonviable in the future.


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Hunter76 August 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm

BB guns?

That looks to be the worst attack it could survive.


NerdAlert August 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

First time I have seen spending $1.2M will guarantee you NOT to get laid… NERD ALERT!!!


blight_ August 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm
Anlushac11 August 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I wonder if PATLABOR name is still copyrighted?


Will August 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I want 3 of them. On a side note, the DOD is probably figuring out some black ops budget they can put them in to purchase for further testing.


Robert November 24, 2012 at 5:56 pm

How long will it be before we can bring MechWarrior vehicles into the real world battle field, complete with Particle Cannons and Plasma Cannons? Hopefully, not very long.


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LtKitty August 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Evolution gave us the human body, which we use pretty dang effectively. Hell, we have infantry that run around, climb things, and plain old get sh** done. Apply this to mecha. With advances in servos, synthetic muscles, and power sources mecha might actually be more viable than the limited perspective we have now. Imagine the firepower of an advanced tank that can scale mountains… with human(or superhuman)-like flexibility, speed, and dexterity.


I'm your father Luke August 6, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Wow, geeks of the world unite! Hey nerds activate your stun guns!


Lally August 10, 2012 at 11:47 am

Can we get paintballs? This could actually be a lot of fun… Or tazers, and give them to suburban PD..

Still, with BBs, it's a good way to get rid of some hoodlums in town.

I think someone in the US needs to build an "upgrade kit" for this.


Matrix_3692 August 7, 2012 at 12:39 am

well, i do see good potentials in peace-keeper type operations where urban environment and it's fear factor(of a giant-size-thing wielding a big gun) could do it good.


Matrix_3692 August 7, 2012 at 1:16 am

Of course up-sizing the human structure too far and you get a joke, but, say you up-sized it to about just under 3.5 or 4 meters tall standing, it's basically a man sitting in a frame of machine(sort of like a crossover of Ironman's suit and Avatar's AMP), not the type of "super robots" you see in anime and cartoon nowadays.

With that you got a unit that is armored (maybe able to withstand firepower just under .50 cal or a RPG, NOT a tank's main gun or any AT missile), able to carry some heavy squad-support fire power (something like a heavy MG or grenade launcher), while still retaining some of an infantry's agility (NOT super speed or dodging a tank round). It wouldn't get into most urban buildings, but it's good at street-brawling and enemy-suppression

Which do have some potential in an urban environment or rain forest terrain where conventional vehicles face certain problems with getting through obstacles that are a nuisance to wheeled vehicles and legged beings might have more mobility in these scenarios.

While this type of machine is barely pass it's prototype stage, we really shouldn't be judging too much on them, when this piece of technology is field-ready, it's fair we discuss their performance and combat roles then.


archidamos August 7, 2012 at 2:42 am

The issues you bring up quite easily disqualify a mech from assault missions, but how about pulling security / sentry around a large base? I'm thinking mobile watch tower, possibly with significantly increased firepower.

The enemy already knows where our major bases are, so hiding isn't an issue, per say. I've got to imagine being in an armored, weaponized, air conditioned, mobile mech would beat sitting in a tower.

Keeping them around a base would also solve the fuel, ammo, and repairs problems.


Matrix_3692 August 7, 2012 at 4:41 am

well, for the foreseeable technological development, i don't think it should be wise to pitch into a frontal brawling with main battle tanks.

Tanks and Mechs are in different classes, it's just like the difference between an apple and an orange.

Mechs will do much better if they work in conjunction with the infantry and using their armor and firepower to the maximum advantage over enemy infantries and light vehicles.

And in the foreseeable future, mech armor will not be able to hold up a tank round, because it's NEVER MEANT TO BE. A mech armor will be more reasonable to be design against .50 cal machine gun fire and to an extend a RPG round (with mainly infantry level firepower in consideration).

If future (for the foreseeable future) military contractors claim their mech can withstand a tank round, and unless they had come up with an new super-alloy-metal, it's just a joke.


joe August 7, 2012 at 3:15 am

Except on a base you've got roads and open areas – the 'rough terrain' argument doesn't work.

Look, I'm all for duplicating nature in engineering; materials, swarm-logic, biochemicals, etc.

But it's a biological impossibility (since it has to be physically seperate) for nature to produce *WHEELS*. These are a very simple invention which humanity has had a long and successful history with.


Matrix_3692 August 7, 2012 at 4:19 am

the problem is that i want to built a more or less humanoid design with the specs that i previously describe and trying to field it in field conditions.


Matrix_3692 August 7, 2012 at 4:52 am

well, in the condition where both sides had trouble getting their heavy vehicles into battle, imagine what advantage your side could gain with mechs supporting your infantry, you get a mobile heavy armed unit that had superior armor protection than your average infantry, and your opponent had just light vehicle and infantry firepower.

and well, you could call my vision of mechs are infantry power-suits on steroid.


Matrix_3692 August 7, 2012 at 8:22 am

well, that's the problem, trying to convince a country to fund the R&D it required and to deploy it in field conditions. Unlike the U.S., my country wouldn't have many chance to take part in a field condition other than PKOs.


Riceball August 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm

It doesn't have to be for combat, fitted with some pneumatic cannons it would make for one hell of a pumpkin chucker.


jamFRIDGE August 7, 2012 at 10:15 am

What if they changed it to a quadrapedal design that walked rather than rolled?


LtKitty August 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm

This is essentially what I was trying to get at, but you stated it more clearly and eloquently.


OnceMore August 7, 2012 at 10:35 pm

first of all for a MECH to really be used in such terrain would be impossible without proper detection/scanning/field surving devices. U guys are forgetting that is a MACHINE not human. Why dou you think Drones and UAV are used nowaday? who ever spotts the enemy first has the advantage that is common sense. Being able to attack the enemy on long range before they react is the advantage they want. A mech will always be a support unit like a tank but being much more mobile it can be used in narrow terrain such as jungle etc. but equipped with havy weaponry it will rip enemy lines apart while your team sqauds are encountering them in broken formation. Also you are thinking too lightly of those supporting units like Jets or helicopters, missiles are destroying wide areas and machine guns ripping apart trees and walls. Real live isn't as forgiving as games or movies. And one last thing, the topic is a Mech USED in War, meaing the techonologie must be ready not only Mechanically but also Software.


J.E. McKellar August 8, 2012 at 10:07 am

Exactly, imagine an urban operation where you're only likely to face irregular infantry equipped with small arms. You'd want to have light armored vehicles, like a Stryker, to provide protection and mobility. But the opposition, understanding your reliance on wheeled vehicles, throws up barricades and IED's along major streets. A 4m hominoid robot or skeleton would still be able to fit under most powerlines and bridges, while seeing rooftops and upper floors of buildings. The thing could clamber over barricades, wade across ditches, and bypass all the other usual impediments to street traffic. And the intimidate factor means it can clear a crowd without having to shoot. It's basically a mechanized police horse in riot gear.


Riceball August 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Funny you mention mechanized police horse in riot gear, there's an old anime from around the 80s/90s called Patlabor where the police use roughly 4m tall mechs (for use against mechs used by civilians for construction and the like) and their weapons are basically upscaled versions of regular human sized weapons and they even, occasionally, dress them in riot style gear.

I think that 4m is probably the practical extent of how large a mech could be made and still be useful although I'd say that 4m is probably at the extreme limits. A much smaller mech, more like a large suit powered armor, like the one from the anime MADOX 01, about 2- 3m tall armed with a mini-gun or small rotary cannon, a few rockets or small missiles, and fitted with some sort of high mobility system could be pretty nasty. That's of course assuming that we eventually develop the tech to make a 2 – 3m tall mech very fast and maneuverable. Depending on the environment it could potentially make mince meat out of tanks by hitting them at the tops of their turrets where the armor is nice and thin, and if given maneuver room it would, theoretically, be able to out maneuver a tank and do and FPS circle strafe type maneuver keeping and move around the tank faster than the turret can traverse.


Matrix_3692 August 9, 2012 at 11:11 am

my advice when you are going up against a tank: don't even try to outmaneuver it's turret, get into cover, and grab some real anti-tank firepower, then hit it with everything you got.


Lally August 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

There's got to be a dictator somewhere who'd want to pay for it..


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