If you’ve seen the Iron Man movies, you know the suit we’re talking about: incredible armor, Jarvis strategic interface, ability to fly and shoot fire. Well, the US Special Operation Command (USSOC), which oversees parts of the army, air force, and navy, called for researchers to create such as a suit after a young Special Ops soldier was shot and killed upon entering a building. A total of 56 companies, 16 US government agencies, 13 universities and 10 national laboratories have been have been hard at work on this, considering the prestige and money involved. According to BuzzFeed:
USSOC commander Navy Admiral William McRaven told a military equipment conference in Washington DC on Tuesday: “That suit, if done correctly, will yield a revolutionary improvement in survivability and capability for special operators.”
This video demonstrates what the suit will look like and how it will operate in the field. While they can’t make it fly, they are tossing around the idea of fitting the suit:
with magnetorheological fluids that “transform from liquid to solid in milliseconds when a magnetic field or electrical current is applied”, the US army says. Liquid body armour, in other words.
Now they just have to work on those Falcon wings.