The US Military is rolling out the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) program, which will equip soldiers with “Iron Man-like” suits that will increase their strength, mobility, and safety. The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), along with MIT, designed a liquid body armor suit that solidifies on command through a magnetic/electric current triggered by the wearer. A battery-powered exoskeleton that reduces strain on the wearer’s body and provides superior ballistic protection is currently being fine-tuned by different teams from the military, academia, and the Pentagon.
The US Military still has plans of integrating additional advanced technology to the suit to give future wearers the optimal amount of protection. No budget has been publicly disclosed, but a previous report indicates that the program has resourced $80M. The program has already come up with several prototypes, and they plan to launch a first-generation version of the TALOS by August 2018.