The moment of truth is fast approaching. The recently developed Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS), is on track to be tested this summer. The high tech suit, nicknamed the “Iron Man Suit” because of its futuristic capabilities, has been stirring up a lot of conversation since production plans were first announced in summer of 2013. From our Nomex Flight Suit and battle armor, to basic uniforms, military apparel has always been developed with several things in mind including comfort, durability, and protection. However, the TALOS seems to focus more on the functionality of the suit, as a means to enhance survival efforts during battle.
Three prototypes of the suit are set to be revealed and tested as early as this upcoming June. With the big reveal being only a few months away, questions regarding the complexity of the suit’s design are arising. Here are just a few of the TALOS’s cool features:
·Form shifting capabilities (i.e. changing from solid to liquid form)
· “Wound Stasis” feature that prevents injuries from bleeding out
·Vital sign monitoring
· “Full-body ballistic projections”
·Air, oxygen, and heat supply
U.S. Military Officials say that the suit’s main purpose is to help with more with the defense side of battle efforts, however the suit does feature offensive capabilities such as the full-body ballistic projections as listed above. Furthermore, officials are confident that the TALOS will “[improve] survivability and capability [odds] for special operators…”, giving U.S. forces an advantage over their opposition and helping more to protect them from fatal injuries.
Sources say that the production of these futuristic suits is being worked on by a variety of organizations including, “56 different corporations, 16 government agencies, 13 universities, and 10 national laboratories”. The prototypes of the suits are to be tested in June 2014, immediately followed by any revisions or updates that need to be made so that further testing can take place. Assuming that all goes well, military officials are hoping that the suit will be operational and implemented no later than 2018.
With the prospective release of the TALOS, people are beginning to wonder what this means for other variations of armor within the military. Perhaps our Nomex Flight suits will also get to experience a futuristic makeover in the near future. For more information on the TALOS, click here.