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19/11/2013 04:51 GMT

TALOS Iron Man Suit Could Be Reality In Four Years As US Military Calls For Ideas

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Iron Man suits are to become a reality within the next four years.

This is the timeframe announced by the US Army as it aims to develop the technology although flying is not on the agenda for now.

Called TALOS, the suit will provide ballistic, shock and fire protection for special operation forces (SOF) - watch this video to get an idea of what that means.

The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has made a public call for prototypes of the suits.

Michel Fieldson, TALOS lead, said: "We sometimes refer to it as the Iron Man suit, frankly to attract the attention, imagination and excitement of industry and academia.

"We’re hoping to take products we’re developing in several technology areas and integrating them into a consolidated suit to provide more protection for SOC operator."

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What the suit could look like

The technology is already in various stages of development by different groups.

DARPA have been testing their 'Warrior Web' initiative for a while.

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DARPA's vision

This entails a lightweight undersuit designed to increase a soldiers ability to carry heavy loads and assist the wearers own muscles to reduce fatigue.

The suits could also be used to assist wounded soldiers leading to the possibility the technology could eventually leak into the commercial sphere and be used to help disabled people.

As for making a soldier bulletproof, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing armour made from magnetorheological fluids. (These are substances that can change from a fluid to a solid when impacted or when an electrical current is applied.)

SOCOM will be looking to consolidate all of this technology into one very cool suit, a contract for which they hope to have by this time next year.

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