The technology in Iron Man is reportedly getting a step closer to reality thanks to the United States military.
The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, is an advanced infantry uniform that promises to provide superhuman strength with greater ballistic protection. Using wide-area networking and on-board computers, operators will have more situational awareness of the action around them and of their own bodies.
Each suit would have an on-board computer that would be able to instantly respond to certain situations and provide the user with enhanced situational awareness.
The goal is full-body ballistic protection, theoretically allowing the wearer to literally walk through a stream of bullets.
The request for the suit came after a soldier was shot dead by the Taliban during a hostage rescue mission.The soldier was apparently shot from the other side of the door.
The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, known as RDECOM, is submitting TALOS proposals in response to the May 15 2013 request.
"There is no one industry that can build it," said SOCOM Senior Enlisted Advisor Command Sgt. Maj. Chris Faris during a panel discussion at a conference at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., recently, reported Defense Media Network.
The development is still in the very early stages and it may take more than a year to complete the project.