SOCOM Wants Next-Generation Exoskeleton Prototype by 2018

The U.S. Army in 2011 tested Lockheed Martin's HULC robotic exoskeleton at the Natick Soldier Systems Center in Massachusetts. U.S. Special Operations Command says it wants a next-generation exoskeleton prototype by 2018. (Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin)The U.S. Army in 2011 tested Lockheed Martin's HULC robotic exoskeleton at the Natick Soldier Systems Center in Massachusetts. U.S. Special Operations Command says it wants a next-generation exoskeleton prototype by 2018. (Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin)

U.S. Special Operations Command is making progress researching, developing and testing a next-generation Iron Man-like suit designed to increase operators’ strength and protection while keeping them alive when they kick down doors and engage in combat, officials said.

The project, formally called Tactical Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, is aimed at providing operators such as Navy SEALs and Special Forces with enhanced mobility and protection technologies, according to the command.

“The ultimate purpose of the TALOS project is to produce a prototype in 2018. That prototype will then be evaluated for operational impact,” said Lt. Cmdr. Matt Allen, a spokesman for the command.

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