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Momentum Builds for Iron Man Suit


TALOS2More details continue to come forward on the Iron Man suit that U.S. Special Operations Command wants to build and Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, head of  SOCOM, has publicly endorsed.

Referred to by many as the Iron Man suit, the official name of the project is the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, although it's frequently compared to the suit worn by the Marvel Comics superhero. SOCOM has said it wants to build the suit to outfit it's operators with features such as an exoskeleton and a built in computer system.

This isn't the first time we've written about the Iron Man suit on Kit Up or, but what's striking is the momentum that continues to build for the project. Tuesday, the Pentagon posted another feature on the Iron Man suit just months after McRaven listed it as a priority.

SOCOM leaders are working together with other agencies such as DARPA and the U.S. Army to develop the suit. Features they are working on include integrated heaters and coolers, armor, health monitoring systems and multiple weapon systems.

Pentagon officials have set the goal to build a prototype for the first suit by 2014 and then have it ready for extensive testing within the next five years. Michael Fieldson, head of SOCOM's TALOS project, said that goal remains the same.

You can read the rest of the feature by Donna Miles here.



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