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US military developing ‘Iron Man’ armour, can walk through bullets

The US is developing an 'Iron Man' like armour to improve survivability in special operations. (AP) The US is developing an 'Iron Man' like armour to improve survivability in special operations. (AP)
Washington | Posted: February 12, 2014 5:02 pm | Updated: February 12, 2014 5:04 pm

The US military is developing an ‘Iron Man’ armour that may allow the wearer to walk through a stream of bullets – and the first prototypes will be ready for testing by June. Three unpowered prototypes of the so-called Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) and the Iron Man suit are being assembled and expected to be delivered in June, the head of US Special Operations Command said.

Navy Admiral William McRaven said the plan is to evaluate the technology with the goal of fielding a system by August 2018, ‘Defence Tech’ reported. “That suit, if done correctly, will yield a revolutionary improvement in survivability and capability for special operators,” McRaven said. The technology may include a powered exoskeleton, advanced full-body armour and situational-awareness displays.

Around 56 corporations, 16 government agencies, 13 universities and 10 national laboratories are working on the programme, McRaven said. The hope is to allow the wearer to walk through a stream of bullets. “We are already seeing astounding results of this collaboration,” he said.

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