Why The U.S. Military Scrapped Its Real-Life Iron Man Suit

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The suit “was chartered to explore and catalyze a revolutionary integration of advanced technology to provide comprehensive ballistic protection, peerless tactical capabilities, and ultimately to enhance the strategic effectiveness of the SOF operator of the future,” then-Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, SOCOM’s commander, said in 2015.

It was expected to be ready by 2018. The suit’s structure was designed primarily around an exoskeleton intended to help take the weight of gear off troops wearing it. Additionally, various military offices worked to infuse the suit with the latest and greatest tools, including high-tech armor and a health monitoring system, in addition to the load-bearing capability. 
“We are really looking at stretching the bounds of science and technology,” said Michael Fieldson, the SOCOM TALOS project manager. However, despite major investments in time, research, and testing, by 2019, the TALOS suit and the U.S. military’s dream of turning troops into Iron Man was dead. 

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