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The first prototypes for the US military’s Iron Man armor will be ready for testing by this summer, said the head of US Special Operations Command today. At a special conference in Washington DC, Defense Tech reports, Navy Admiral William McRaven stated that currently three prototypes of the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit – TALOS  are being assembled, with an expected delivery by June.

A revolutionary improvement in survivability and capability for special operators.

“That suit,” McRaven emphasized, “if done correctly, will yield a revolutionary improvement in survivability and capability for special operators.” The TALOS was commissioned last October, and may one day be armed with its own on-board computer, health monitors, and MIT-developed liquid armor that can harden in a matter of milliseconds which will allow the wearer to walk through a stream of bullets.

There are 56 corporations, 16 government agencies, 13 universities, and 10 national laboratories working together to develop this armor. McRaven wants to up involvement to include mechanics and craftsmen on the project, and may seek the authority to approach the Pentagon to distribute prize money for interested experts. The suit will undergo an evaluation period and hopefully be field-ready by August 2018.

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