The Crossroads of Special Operations

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Wanted: ‘Iron Man’ suits for special operations troops | Military Times

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U.S. Special Operations Command is once again seeking proposals for a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, according to a broad agency announcement posted in December.

Commonly dubbed an “Iron Man” suit, the announcement highlights TALOS’ role as part of a “long-term goal to develop technologies which can enhance SOF mission execution.”

“The intent is to accelerate the delivery of innovative capabilities to the SOF operator,” the announcement, which will remain open through December, states. “TALOS is an overarching vision to drastically improve the dismounted operator’s survivability and capability.”

This isn’t the first time the request has been pushed out, though. Back in September 2013, SOCOM made another broad agency announcement seeking TALOS suit prototypes, according to an Army news release.

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