The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) which is a division of the US Military, revealed late last year that it had created the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) project to produce a wearable environment for soldiers that combines both armour and technology to enhance the soldier’s fighting efficiency. It has now come to light, that 3 different prototypes of the TALOS suit are ready for trials, which are going to take place this coming June.
Some elements of the suit will include wearable computer technology with communications capabilities and medical monitoring and support systems. SOCOM is in cooperation with 16 US government agencies, 13 universities, 10 laboratories and 56 corporations to ensure the TALOS suit and its components will be completed on schedule.
McRaven has said he has personally visited members of the industry and spoken to leaders and challenged them to work more collaboratively on the project. There are several technological problems; power, heads up displays and ballistic protection were three issues that he has mentioned.
The goal of the TALOS project is to put the final, highly technical suit into full operation in the next 4 years, citing August 2018 as the deadline. “We are already seeing astounding results…We are trying to solve what appears to be a very narrow tactical niche, but I am convinced it will have greater applications across the enterprise…If we do TALOS right it will be a huge comparative advantage over our enemies and give the warriors the protection they need in a very demanding environment.” Navy Admiral William H McRaven said.
Although 3 different suit designs will be used on the trial, the basic core design remains the same. As soon as June rolls by, I am sure further information will be come to light regarding this. In the mean time, if you have any sensible comments regarding this story, please leave your comments in the section below.
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