The military's dreams of "Iron Man"-style exoskeletons should be one step closer come June, when early versions of such a system are slated to be assembled for testing. Three prototype suits will be put through the paces — though the real thing won't be ready for years.
The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, is intended to protect soldiers and augment their awareness, while also improving strength and effectiveness in combat. No matter how you read it, it sounds like "Iron Man."
At this point, however, the reality of the system is rather distant from the idea. According to remarks made by Navy Adm. William McRaven at a military conference, the suits to be tested this summer will be unpowered and not connected with any augmented reality or enhanced vision systems.
When finished, the TALOS suit or its descendant should offer "a revolutionary improvement in survivability and capability," said McRaven.