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Admiral: ‘Iron Man’ Prototypes Coming in June

by Brendan McGarry on February 11, 2014

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The head of U.S. Special Operations Command said the first prototypes of a new, Iron Man-like protective suit could be ready for testing this summer.

Navy Adm. William McRaven said three unpowered prototypes of the so-called Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit — known in military parlance as TALOS and dubbed the Iron Man suit after the one worn by the Marvel Comics superhero — are being assembled and expected to be delivered in June. The plan is to evaluate the technology with the goal of fielding a system by August 2018, he said.

“That suit, if done correctly, will yield a revolutionary improvement in survivability and capability for special operators,” McRaven said during the 25th annual Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict conference on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. The three-day event continues Wednesday and was organized by the National Defense Industrial Association, an Arlington, Va.-based trade group.

The technology may eventually include a powered exoskeleton, advanced full-body armor and situational-awareness displays, according to the command’s official request for information.

The idea for the project came about several years ago after a member of special operations forces was shot and killed while entering the door of a suspected insurgent, McRaven said. A young officer asked him a question he couldn’t answer: After all these years in combat, why isn’t there a way to better protect operators going through the door?

“With all the advance in modern technology, I know we can do better,” McRaven said.

Some 56 corporations, 16 government agencies, 13 universities and 10 national laboratories are working on the program, McRaven said. “We are already seeing astounding results of this collaboration,” he said.

The command also plans to hold a “Monster Garage” event to encourage mechanics and master craftsmen alike to develop components for the suit, McRaven said. It may also seek authority from the Pentagon to distribute prize money to generate even more interest in the effort, he said.

The applied technology project has the potential to provide the U.S. with a “huge comparative advantage over our enemies and give our warriors the protection they need,” McRaven said.

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Conor February 11, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Sounds as though it's inspired by MJOLNIR.

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rtsy February 11, 2014 at 11:54 pm

And every other sci-fi tech suit since Starship Troopers was published.

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Dale Christopher February 12, 2014 at 9:03 am

Yup Yup. These things are for grunts though, what are special forces up to today Eh, doc?

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Tired_Libertarian February 15, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Yes, the book not the movie.
The book had the concept kilometers between troops while the movie everybody was shoulder to shoulder sprayin' n prayin'.

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Sgt. Brandon Tse February 12, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Looks like the UNSC marines have arrived

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Skyler February 13, 2014 at 4:25 am

MJOLNIR MK1 coming to a CCT near you the summer of 2018

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Lithium February 14, 2014 at 6:43 pm

The MK1 was the size of a truck that had cables connecting it to a power source. This is more akin to the MK4

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Catherine Hedges February 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm

This looks closer to the ORION program, than MK 4. Keep in mind this isn't powered

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Catherine Hedges February 14, 2014 at 9:33 pm

I'd far prefer that over Iron Man. Been designing my own version for years, only thing missing is the money and supplies

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Sean May 27, 2014 at 11:39 am

Actually it is imitates HALO's Master Chief Suit

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Lyton February 11, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Local police departments in the U.S. are getting hand-me-down MRAPs from the military. Some folks are complaining about the over-militarization of our police. (The Wall Street Journal recently had an interesting article on this.) How long after the miltary gets these suits will it take for our local cops to also be wearing them, creating a true Robocop?

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blight_ February 11, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Probably not long. Though if they're expensive enough and in low-rate production, they are unlikely to trickle down. And if they are ridiculously expensive, law enforcement is likely to decline them.

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Stan February 12, 2014 at 12:12 pm

A place like NYC could afford to get a couple of suits for the SWAT. Assuming they are worth even talking about. Paint them in a manner which invokes painful death and just the sight of them might be enough for many hostage situations.

Having said that, I suspect we are still very very far from a true Robocop, let alone Ironman suit. What's going to power these bad boys, lithium-ion batteries? That's the Sherman part deux just waiting to happen.

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Steve February 12, 2014 at 7:24 am

Oh and on the MRAPs that is another problem, yeah you get the vehicle for free, but the maintenance is the expensive part. Trust me, getting a "free" MRAP sounds great, but unless your doing long haul convoys they really are not very good. The US military just doesn't need them. Plus they take a ton of fuel, so you need a mother of fuel card if you want to use it for any more than show.
Trust me if I was a police force I would much rather have an ASV, which has been in the army before the war started and still is today. Look it up, better armor, better fire power and made to go quick and hit hard. Like a SWAT team, which is all local or large cities need.

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Dale Christopher February 12, 2014 at 8:37 am

I would buy some, keep them in storage for two years, and then try and retrofit them with hybrid drive or full electric, asking Tesla corp for a good deal because we are law enforcement. Nothing like a dead quiet MRAP driving into a hostage or bomb threat situation. We are living in the most militarized time EVER TO EXIST. Be wary, search of the old political truths, Washington's farewell address, Eisenhower's farewell address. The discussions that led Truman to unleash the nuclear bomb, cost-benefit on a large scale with multiple factors, when men use any means to win a conflict, they become indistinguishable from the evil they intend to fight. But if they lose the war, then they will be dominated by evil and never have the chance to BE THE BIGGER MAN AFTER THE WAR IS OVER.

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UFO February 17, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Are you sure that Was there a discussion?

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UFO1 February 17, 2014 at 9:58 pm

I'm wondering if there is still unprotected places on the human body or EVERYTHING IS PROTECTED…SOO we don't need a bionic replacement of hands,legs or dicks…

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Mrtrader4 February 18, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Really no where on the body is fully protected but most of this is bulletproof and soon will have the effect of making the soldiers stronger.

MRAP's save lives February 16, 2014 at 9:10 pm

"The US military just doesn't need them." Don't speak for me big guy. When you take an IED to the seat of your pants in a HMMV come back and let us know what the military needs.

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John February 12, 2014 at 5:23 pm

They'll start selling this kit to local municipalities as soon as a couple SWAT officers get clipped. With every local suburban county having some form of SWAT unit it's only a matter of time before we see some casualties.

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Aidan Pencek February 12, 2014 at 9:26 pm

You clearly no nothing about police operations.

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Aidan Pencek February 12, 2014 at 9:25 pm

These are not hand-me-downs, but rather are given to police departments to use while not being used for military service. It is officially federal property, so at anytime the government can take it back. By no means is this "militarizing" our police forces, as it is more expensive to use these machine than they are to keep in a garage in working order.

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ken February 11, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Dude on the right looks like he's from the movie Starship Troopers.

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tmb2 February 11, 2014 at 4:32 pm

The helmet definitely matches.

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puresalt A1A February 12, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Spot on!! All he needs is a nuclear tipped RPG lol….

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majr0d February 13, 2014 at 1:32 am

Here's the video from Objective Force Warrior that features the suit and its capabilities… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf4hTSHqrQs

Patriotically corny but I still liked it.

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Trevor Wrangham February 13, 2014 at 2:37 am

lol i just commented saying that exact thing to my friend sitting next to me the second i saw this.

Def looks like some influence came from starship troopers

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Thomas February 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Would you like to know more?

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RRGED February 11, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Totally irrelevant in a real world, our military got bog down with IED's, now you wanna spend millions on developing expensive suits that can be destroyed by very cheap improvised weapon. The rest of the world are barely up on new high tech……Sure if we suddenly under attack from Aliens, then the high tech suit, till then chill-out , our special ops will probably opt out wearing all that stuff.

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Paul February 11, 2014 at 11:02 pm

You are an idiot. Service members give their lives. The enemy is a lot more complex than you think. Every advantage is needed.

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RRGED February 11, 2014 at 10:59 pm

No name calling hear, I can tell you do not a military experience. When you are in special forces stealth, silence as well as carrying less stuff counts. Enemy is complex in that they can do very effective damage for a lot less.

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009 February 11, 2014 at 11:07 pm

They have not even fine tune the F-35 yet and already wanna dump money on this ROBOCOP .

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The one armed man February 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

They're going to give these to the guys who are breaking down doors and shooting everyone inside. Stealth is not involved. Go back and read the story.

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Guygasm February 28, 2014 at 11:28 am

"Carrying less stuff" is exactly the purpose of this project. It is an unpowered exoskeleton designed to significantly increase the load that SpecOps can carry into the field. This includes additional body armor, but also other gear. The distinction being that SpecOps teams often deploy with significantly less immediate support and must be prepared for a wide range of situations or longer periods without support.

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bobbymike February 12, 2014 at 2:49 am

So these new 'expensive' suits can be destroyed by improvised weapons?

Firstly, you haven't even seen these suits (the pictures above are not them)
Secondly, how will an unprotected or less protected body do against those same weapons?

Shouldn't we give our soldiers every chance for survival?

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Neo February 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Its al about who will pay for this magnificent ideas from the companies.
Right said Fred. YU, tax payer.

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UFO2u February 17, 2014 at 10:01 pm

As a Canadian Defence guy said we have to be prepared for Aliens b/c there are exist !

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garym June 12, 2014 at 9:50 pm

The United States are pulling out of Afghanistan by the end of the year; probably designing this stuff for future wars.

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hibeam February 11, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Cool. These guys can point out where the IEDs are buried to our drone operators.

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Lance February 11, 2014 at 5:03 pm

More waste more computers in a person? Hate to see a EMP off that immobilize our solders…. literally. Get better tactics a Iran man suit is not needed they didn't report here but on another web sight that they cant make this work so far because there no battery that can work it and be detachable for a solder. Waste of money while me need new ships subs and more F-22 and F-15 upgrades this sci fi crap this moron Admiral wants is rubbish.

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Tiger February 11, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Fewer ships, Fewer jets. Worry more about Cyber warfare. Worry more about mouse clicks than things that go bang.

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Chuck February 11, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Ever hear of hardened cyberware? Its computers covered in a mesh specifically designed to negate any EMP or power surge.

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sean February 11, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Here's an idea, let's keep out of other countries internals and worry about our own borders and people. Or does that make too much sense?

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Vers February 11, 2014 at 10:36 pm

It makes sense for the people and the country, but not for the arms dealers and weapon manufacturers. Since the big corps run the White House and Congress, you will continue to be seeing military ops and interventions overseas.

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Alex February 12, 2014 at 4:04 am

Iran Man… hahaha the image in my mind of "Iran Man" is that of a middle-eastern suicide bomber.

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Dale Christopher February 12, 2014 at 8:45 am

The Chinese already have Iron Monger, put a jockey or a dwarf inside and it is way easier to make it work. We are getting close to real iron man. Hardening the electronics is the hard part. The way to do it is to make each suit a self contained system answering to and dependent on only the organics inside. In other words, put in a fail safe kill for Land Warrior, store all mission important data on board, make the reboot fast and delete all information gathered before the mission began to quickly remove infection. There is more but I need breakfast. LOL Alex! I didn't even notice the misspelling! Don't be down on him, instead try and get an ergonomically designed keyboard into mass production, Then there will be less spelling errors to deal with online.

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majr0d February 13, 2014 at 1:37 am

Dale – the power is the hard part.

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JCitizen February 13, 2014 at 2:11 am

This one is powered, and it isn't even a man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1czBcnX1Ww

But seriously, getting power that is quiet seems daunting. I envision a small pulse jet that uses PTO from an oscillating "free" piston engine. http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/news/industr

Just the turbos used to muffle it would provide a lot of recovered power alone. High speed usually relates to high efficiency, and more power than that 'Big Dog' robot could possibly serve up in its present prototype.

Science really isn't done with the internal combustion engine – not yet.

Hate haters February 12, 2014 at 4:07 am

Don't be a fuck head, leav him alone.

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Guest February 12, 2014 at 9:07 am

No, Lance. You're right. SOCOM has no idea what they're talking about. Good thing we have angry 15 year olds on the internet to straighten them out.

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scott February 12, 2014 at 9:49 am

yeah but how many of these supposed '15 year olds on the internet' really know about the special ops and what their doing.

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TOMBSTONER139 February 12, 2014 at 10:12 am

Your knowledge base is lacking. umbilical systems andl micro turbine generators.
this type of armor is for taking a building or strong point. once taken the unit falls back for power fuel, ammo, food.

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Catherine Hedges February 15, 2014 at 6:48 pm

We don't really need new anything, when it comes to vehicles. If it works, don't replace it, and most of our equipment still works. Why pay millions for aircraft we already have?

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Big-Dean February 11, 2014 at 6:49 pm

let's all pray its operating system is not MS windows!

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Joe the Nipper February 12, 2014 at 4:02 am

no. it'll be DOS :)

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Big-Dean February 12, 2014 at 10:26 am

worst still, it's going to be windows 8

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Thomas L. Nielsen February 12, 2014 at 10:45 am

"I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."

Regards & all,

Thomas L. Nielsen
Luxembourg

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UFO February 17, 2014 at 10:03 pm

windows with curtains :-)

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blight_ February 12, 2014 at 10:40 am

Linux.

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wtpworrier February 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Sorry Big Dean, apply didn't win the contract.

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Hunter76 February 11, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Let's hope we're exploring options for protective wear! We're not committing providing this to every GI. Exoskelton? How about just a half-skelton? Enable the laden soldier to walk for hours without total exhaustion. Put most of weight on the hips.

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rtsy February 11, 2014 at 11:56 pm

"56 corporations, 16 government agencies, 13 universities and 10 national laboratories"

Sounds like a procurement nightmare aka: money pit.

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Auyong Ah Meng February 12, 2014 at 12:12 am

Space Marines!!!

O.o

Wow.

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Johnny Cinco February 12, 2014 at 4:32 pm

next people will be kidnapped for skeletal augmentation like SPARTAN project.

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Catherine Hedges February 15, 2014 at 6:47 pm

To hell with kidnapped, I'm looking for volunteers

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UFOO February 17, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Yay – I think there is no more kidnapped people from aliens from space :-(

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joe February 12, 2014 at 2:48 am

It's not necessarily intended for standard battle dress. It'd be unnecessary and – as pointed out – actively harmful in plenty of situations: long distance patrol where power supply is an issue, sneaky ops where silence is key, vehicle-based patrol where the last thing the crew of up-armoured, cramped vehicles want is MORE bulk strapped to their persons.

But for a "breaching", kick-in-the-door role, as described, I can see it being valuable – for police SWAT as well as security/occupation military forces. It doesn't have to last long, and it allows you to carry more armour than would otherwise be possible whilst retaining combat effectiveness.

I can see a similar principle being useful for an EOD expert, too.

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oblatt2 February 12, 2014 at 8:35 am

Our soldiers need every advantage they can get because right now they are beaten by farmers.

But the fundamental problem is that they don't want to be there. No amount of body armor is going to make a solider who just wants to go home into a soldier that wants to win.

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scott February 12, 2014 at 9:51 am

how do you figure their getting beaten by farmers we're the ones with better tactics and weapons.

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Vers February 12, 2014 at 10:39 pm

Seems like your Voyeurism is more pathological than those at the NSA. Or is it schizophrenic hallucinations.

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William_C1 February 13, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Oblat lives to invent false information, I'm just taking a page out of his book. Although he does seem to have quite the love for the Taliban.

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fuishu February 13, 2014 at 1:38 pm

How about a change in the ROE the ROE has caused more hesitation and more death than anything else. I'm all about better armor for the operators the more ballistic protection the better as far as I'm concerned but, none of that matters if the operators can't engage without prison being in the back of their minds.

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MOMO July 3, 2014 at 5:32 am

FIRST OFF WE KICK EVERYONES ASS AND 2ND YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT

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SleepNoMore February 12, 2014 at 10:16 am

Gee, I always thought that when the "special Operators" go into a house, they blow the door through and toss grenades in first…then kill anything that moves…oh wait, that was Haditha…and the Marines…so I wonder what Marines on Steroids do?

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James February 12, 2014 at 12:02 pm

They will just make their own door instead of using the pre-existing one and still blow the holy he!! out of anyone or thing inside the building. Either that or just level the building and then blow away anything/one that survived having a building dropped on its head.

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W.R.Monger April 22, 2014 at 8:16 pm

works for me :)

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James February 18, 2014 at 11:08 am

Iwas in Haditha and we didn't go around indiscremanatly killing but if you would like to step through one of those doors and look around first then be my guest we can kill them after they kill you that would be fine with me. Unless you have been in that situation you should keep your mouth shut. Simper Fi

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M.R.Monger April 22, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Iindiscremanant killing is wasteful and Marines waste nothing, they have so little to work with to begin with. HOOAH Marine! You are very much valued.

Thank you for your service

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wtpworrier February 12, 2014 at 10:30 am

I always thought it would be a ROBO COP type suit, but hey! Iron Man will work.

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raf qpsk February 12, 2014 at 10:45 am

Just what we need now. Another money burning program. I hope the rich who are getting richer(once more) on this buy themselves new shiny stuff that no one else needs.
God forgive they would buy something for us poor sods.

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Robbie February 12, 2014 at 11:22 am

I realize the end goal is to revolutionize overall protection, but if the near-term driver is just getting the first guy thru the door unhurt there has to be a way to quickly field something merely adequate while we wait on something exquisite.

Cops already use a large, clear "plexiglass" shield to good effect, for example. Couldn't our brainiacs design a smaller, lighter, collapsible/foldable version that fits in a military breachers' backpack?

You know, something simple to quickly address the immediate problem…….

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Jlee February 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Like the Bat-Shield from '60s Batman TV show?

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Robbie February 12, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Something simple and rudimentarily effective. An inflatable kevlar fabric shield?

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orly? February 12, 2014 at 8:52 pm

"Cops already use a large, clear "plexiglass" shield to good effect, for example." – Robbie

Those don't offer ANY ballistic protection.

The giant ballistic shields are usually very very heavy. The clear polycarbonate CANNOT defeat rifle rounds.

This isn't COD.

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Rich T February 13, 2014 at 3:54 am

They have it, they just didn't buy it. San Tan Gear RDS System, they are on the web, A few of the police units are starting to use them in WVA and AZ

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blight_ February 13, 2014 at 10:00 am

http://www.santangear.com/shop/stg-rapid-deployme

Only IIIA protection. Maybe they'll add ESAPI plates to them? Let's be honest, vests don't protect without the plates.

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Robbie February 13, 2014 at 10:10 am

Forget the plexiglass shield, then. It was just offered as an example of something orders of magnitude simpler and cheaper than waiting on a robo-cop exoskeleton.

There has to be a nearly immediately available 75% solution to upgrading the survival chances of the first man thru the door. Doesn't have to be perfect, just has to be better…..

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blight_ February 13, 2014 at 11:40 am

Probably something tartan-sized to protect center of mass, but it just means the stuff that gets through will be neck, head, and legs.

One of Spark's fringe idea was gunshields that attached to small arms, but to be big enough to be effective they'd have to be pretty cumbersome for indoor use, or so small that their coverage is questionable.

tiger February 13, 2014 at 11:51 pm

Uh, Ala Captain America?

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tankjas February 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm

What would Gen. George S. Patton think?

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wtpworrier February 12, 2014 at 12:57 pm

He would probably think, With twenty thousand soldiers wearing these suits, who need tanks.

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nock February 12, 2014 at 2:14 pm

"Damn, I like the way this is turning out."

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blight_ February 12, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Do they break down all the time? Can they deploy on mechanized vehicles? Are they a bigger pain in the logistical rear than the capabilities they bring to the table?

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orly? February 12, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Ah, the smart questions to ask.

If the idea is feasible, how do you support it?

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tiger February 13, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Better question is, does it have air conditioning?

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Big-Dean February 13, 2014 at 1:57 am

Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.
George S. Patton

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Matthew Ferguson February 12, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Would be great if it came with a constitution compliance protocol overide in the law enforcement version.

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Alvar February 12, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Gone are the days of cheek weld…

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Brian B. Mulholland February 12, 2014 at 5:45 pm

This week's problem might be a man with a rifle. Next week it might be a better booby trap, the equivalent of a Claymore facing the front door. Armor sufficient to protect the wearer from an explosion on that scale is probably going to need to be powered.

Joe, I wonder if the first use of an exoskeleton in battle might not be to let a team run to the X from a drop-off point well away from the X, to set overwatch on something with tripod-mounted equipment, in expectation of a later pickup by air or vehicle when discretion is no longer needed.

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UFO00 February 17, 2014 at 10:10 pm

good brain, Brian ! :-)

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jack February 12, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Sounds good, but if they have an AI assisant, it needs to be called JARVIS

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J. J. February 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm

I spent 30 years in U.S. military, and a very big thing I learned in those 30 years was: One of the jobs of our military is to keep our civilians employed !

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Vers February 12, 2014 at 10:46 pm

Hate to break it to you but you learned very little in those 30 years. The job of our military is to make money for the defense industrial complex, and to seize new markets for the banking cartel.

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Darnelle February 12, 2014 at 8:19 pm

i say we should make an ODST suit from halo…….it looks more bad ass and maybe more confortable…..but expensive for the helmet with all the tech and stuff that it comes with.

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Catherine Hedges February 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm

the helmet would probably be about 1000 for an advanced model. First you'd need a computer built into the armor, programmed with a well written targeting software. On top of that, you'd need a view screen, about 4 inches wide, positioned in front of your dominate eye, that could be retracted when not needed. Cameras built into weapons sights could give you heads up scope view without ever raising the rifle to your shoulder, and could include IR for night firing. Finally, 2 light sets, built into the sides of the helmet, one set IR and one high intensity. The face shield would be polarized, and there would be a night vision camera built into the visor, to add heads up night vision. built into the arms would include tactical next gen GPS, and a keyboard/touch pad mouse combo, for interface with the onboard computer. something small, enabling you to recieve up to date info from command, while in the field. If you can't tell, I have put a lot of thought and planning into the system

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Connor February 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm

This suit, I believe, will not be used much more than logistical armor. One of the main purposes for the TALO suit is to carry more supplies farther and faster on the standard soldier. While special operators may get armor for close quarters, it is highly unlikely that it will be used as a weapon.

And Lance, a couple things.
One- You may be right about us not needing this right now, but this could still help save lives, and make others easier.
Two- Despite their common occurrence in Call of Duty, EMPs have never been used in a conflict. An EMP is a by-product of a nuclear weapon's explosion.
Three- We currently have the worlds most powerful military. We do not need more billion dollar ships or fighters.
Four- Get a dictionary and learn to use punctuation.

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BDBD April 30, 2014 at 3:59 pm

I'd rather just haul equipment on a pack of big dogs made by Boston Dynamics.
And then have a few of their cheetah models with ninja swords duck taped off the sides.
Know what I mean?
lol

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Jason February 12, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Now all they need is an arc reactor and Jarvis. Then this will be a success.

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Big-Dean February 13, 2014 at 1:59 am

Nah, they'll give it to Lockhead to "build" and then Lockhead will outsource the code to India and it'll come back with 54 billion lines shitty code, it won't work, but Lockhead says they are "making progress" and 20 years from now they'll still be working on it.

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Heimskr February 12, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Talos the mighty! Talos the unerring! Talos the unassailable! To you we give praise!
We are but maggots, writhing in the filth of our own corruption! While you have ascended from the dung of mortality, and now walk among the stars!

But you were once man! Aye! And as man, you said, "Let me show you the power of Talos Stormcrown, born of the North, where my breath is long winter. I breathe now, in royalty, and reshape this land which is mine. I do this for you, Red Legions, for I love you."

Aye, love. Love! Even as man, great Talos cherished us. For he saw in us, in each of us, the future of Skyrim! The future of Tamriel!

And there it is, friends! The ugly truth! We are the children of man! Talos is the true god of man! Ascended from flesh, to rule the realm of spirit!

The very idea is inconceivable to our Elven overlords! Sharing the heavens with us? With man? Ha! They can barely tolerate our presence on earth!

Today, they take away your faith. But what of tomorrow? Do the elves take your homes? Your businesses? Your children? Your very lives?

And what does the Empire do? Nothing! Nay, worse than nothing! The Imperial machine enforces the will of the Thalmor! Against its own people!

So rise up! Rise up, children of the Empire! Rise up, Stormcloaks! Embrace the word of mighty Talos, he who is both man and Divine!

For we are the children of man! And we shall inherit both the heavens and the earth! And we, not the Elves or their toadies, will rule Skyrim! Forever!

Terrible and powerful Talos! We, your unworthy servants, give praise! For only through your grace and benevolence may we truly reach enlightenment!

And deserve our praise you do, for we are one! Ere you ascended and the Eight became Nine, you walked among us, great Talos, not as god, but as man!

Trust in me, Whiterun! Trust in the words of Heimskr! For I am the chosen of Talos! I alone have been anointed by the Ninth to spread his holy word!

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TotallyNot_a_thalmor February 12, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Shut up you filthy nord. there are 8 divines. EIGHT. Talos worship was outlawed in the white-gold concordat. A Thalmor peacekeeper will arrive at your home to educate you shortly.

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Tracy February 13, 2014 at 8:15 am

I always wondered why the soldiers didn't have full body light weight suites like Star Wars that would prevent the IED from having an affect on brain tramua

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blight_ February 13, 2014 at 9:54 am

After Earnhardt died, they moved to HANS devices in addition to six point seatbelts. A HANS device protects the head from whiplash type injuries, so an IED that flips a Humvee over will inflict considerable head injury.

However, protection from the blast wave may be more challenging. Even with a HANS device, the pressure wave will still hit a person, and transmit force to the brain. Wearing an enclosed suit would help only with proper bracing like with a HANS, since a wearer of an enclosed suit tossed in a overturned vehicle will experience considerable TBI.

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Hunter76 February 13, 2014 at 10:58 am

The Imperial Stormtroopers not only couldn't shoot straight, their armor was totally ineffective.

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blight_ February 13, 2014 at 11:38 am

It seems like a mismatch between the weaponry and the armor. If the weaponry is well ahead of the armor, why bring it?

We stopped wearing armor when guns could beat them, and didn't go back to armor until kevlar and hardened plates.

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CouchFighter February 13, 2014 at 11:33 am

These gonna be the juiciest targets since tanks have been sent inside crowded cities…couldnt wait to see them in the crosshair with a .50 caliber AP round attached…

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Tad February 13, 2014 at 3:13 pm

“With all the advance in modern technology, I know we can do better,” McRaven said.

Of course you can. The Germans used these things called tanks to roll right through doors and houses, with little-to-no risk to the (special) operators of the tanks.

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YodamanUK February 13, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Well ADM McRaven, all you need now is some volunteers to have plutonium reactors implanted in their chests to power this crap! And you're a 4-Star Admiral. Really?!?!?!?

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YodamanUK February 13, 2014 at 5:20 pm

And, what is this going to cost the American taxpayer, Admiral?

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YodamanUK February 13, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Take your pick; Storm Troopers–clones, or mechanical drones. ADM McRaven has picked Storm Troopers. We are doomed, and our military leaders are the problem, not the solution.

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kirk February 15, 2014 at 2:57 pm

I have to agree with a lot of you. to noisey / just more to carry / an E.M.P. would take out the computers! / no power sorce. be sides: ware would you keep this thing. what person would walk around in it all day and sleep in it as well. in witch brings back the power sorce problum. the plex glass sounds real good! and put this thing on the worng cops and ware all in trouble.

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Rob February 16, 2014 at 1:22 am

I see possibility for future glove designs similar to hockey style. Kevlar wrapped they would seem to very protective
https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A

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Bat February 20, 2014 at 8:55 am

It looks like the “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” suit has arrived ! A WW I British “Doughboy” hat.. Wouldn’t call it a helmet, makes a dashing statement Field wear is about ruggedness, and threatening the enemy, not posing for Womens Wear Daily or Vogue magazine ! You need not fire a shot when the enemy will die laughing !

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Military Com February 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm

This is my first time visit at here and i am really impressed to read all at alone place.

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jan March 2, 2014 at 5:26 am

No match for a good old fasion molotov coctail :) Fail suits..

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blight_ March 2, 2014 at 11:48 am

So you think a dishdasha and flipflops, or a IBV with SAPI is "Fail suits" because it fails to pass the molotov test?

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vikas June 12, 2014 at 9:19 am

Nice thinking but use more thrust to fly this protoype

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vikas June 12, 2014 at 9:21 am

Or one question plzz answer this question
which technology is used display in helpmate?
our is not able to see in distance less than 15 cm then how to able to see?

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majr0d February 13, 2014 at 2:46 pm

I've never seen a patrol sneak up on the enemy with a lawnmower. (referring to the noise not the blades)

We've been playing with this concept for decades. http://gruntsandco.com/iron-man-suits-without-hyp… If the solution to power on a tactically employed powered suit it was as simple as the internal combustion engine we'd have done it by now.

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JCitizen February 13, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Interesting link! Thanks! I've had fun with oscillating piston tech before. I designed a mod to the BD5-J when I did my engineering thesis in college; ran outta money building the prototype though; got as far as one intake section and two fuel reeds. Sold my air frame a few months ago. :(

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