Washington, D.C. – Can you imagine U.S. commandos outfitted in Iron Man suits? Admiral William McRaven can, and he wants his Special Forces suited up ASAP.
The official name is Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit; but understandably, it’s called the Iron Man Suit. Cased in lightweight armor and battery powered, the suit will make soldiers better, stronger and faster.
“It’s going to take a group of guys that are already extremely high functioning and make them unstoppable,” says former Navy SEAL, Chris Heben.
Unlike the movie, flight isn’t in the plans – at least for now – but the suit will have a visual display in the helmet fed by satellites and drones and boots that generate electricity with every step.
“All these technologies exist already but they exist separately,” says Heben. “So they’re taking them all and they’re putting them together and they’re adding some pretty cool things like liquid armor that becomes hardened in a millisecond.”
So much for comics and science fiction; the U.S. could have Iron Soldiers operational in the next year or two.