TALOS Exoskeleton Development Proceeding

The Army's tactical assault light operator suit (TALOS) is still under active development. The suit has physiological and biological sensors, actuators that serve as the muscles to power the suit, processors and computers, and a durable exoskeleton that offers support to the operator. The helmet has thin, transparent glass with ballistic protection and a heads-up display.

(Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) Combat Simulation)

The TALOS effort is “relatively on schedule,” Miller said. “I say relatively because this is [research and development],” he added, noting that it is critical to develop a product that works as advertised. Once a prototype is developed, the effort will become a program of record, most likely run by program executive office SOF warrior, he said.

The suit comprises a base layer that hosts a variety of physiological and biological sensors, actuators that serve as the muscles to power the suit, processors and computers, and a durable exoskeleton that offers support to the operator.

Currently the exoskeleton is made out of titanium, but the task force may consider alternative materials such as composites in the future, Miller said.

Science fiction fans can see the root of the Telus exoskeleton in various works. For example, soldiers in Robert Heinlein's novel Starship Troopers make use of powered armour. In Fritz Leber's novel A Specter is Haunting Texas, the author describes a titanium exoskeleton.

Via NextBigFuture and NationalDefenseMagazine.

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