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U.S. Army Chief predicts “Iron Man” suits active within the next ten years

Close up of the Iron Man suit, which could soon have military applications

Remember when we reported a little while back about the development of the so-called “Iron Man” suit that could be used in battle? (Found here for those who are interested).

Well, the suit that would protect soldiers from bullets whilst aiding the movement of arms and legs could be ready for use within the next ten years, says a high ranking military official.

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley spoke of the advancements at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies last week (23rd June).

An animated demonstration has been produced, showcasing the current capabilities of the under development robotic exoskeleton, dubbed the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS).

In ancient mythology, Talos was the name of a giant, living bronze statue that protected the island of Crete from pirates who used to roam the waters. It is hoped that the TALOS system will soon be able to offer extra protection to the troops on the battlefield.

Speaking of the new technology, Milley said:

“I think we are on the cusp of a fundamental change in the character of ground warfare. It will be of such significance that it will be like the rifling of a musket or the introduction of a machine gun or it will have such a significant impact as the change from horse to mechanized vehicles.

"Exoskeletons or other types of technologies and materials… they’re not ready for prime time today, but we’re looking at them and I think within ten years’ things like that are going to be very, very possible on the battlefield.”

Who knows how far technology will come in the next ten years, but the futuristic warfare seen in films and video games could very soon become a reality! If any of these advancements are going to make it into airsoft gear is perhaps a bit of a long shot, but we can dream right?!

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