U.S. Special Operations Command wants to acquire technologies for infantry suit that would protect the wearer against different types of threats, the Army News Service reported Thursday.
David Vergun writes SOCOM aims to troops an “Iron Man-style” armor with fire and ballistic protection features under the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit project.
Michel Fieldson, SOCOM’s TALOS lead, told Army News Service the government will serve as the lead integrator for the project and the command will look for industry and academic partners.
Fieldson added the integration is scheduled to happen during the next 12 months and the first suit is expected to undergo field tests in four or five years.
The command also wants to integrate communication, energy and sensor technology into the uniform, Vergun reports.