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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Friday, June 25, 2021

SOCOM’s Iron Man Must Die, So Iron Man Spinoffs Might Live | Breaking Defense

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SOFIC: The Special Operations Command had to kill its $80 million Iron Man suit in order to save its most battle-ready pieces, command leaders said here this week, confirming that some parts of the futuristic suit have already been shipped to troops in the field.

The plan is to spend around $16 million in the coming months to continue testing and evaluating over a dozen promising technologies originally designed for the suit and incorporate them in to an ambitious new effort to modernize how special operations forces move, communicate, and fight.

The original idea behind what was known as the TALOS program was to encase operators in a rugged exoskeleton that would increase speed, endurance, and range of movement, all meant too increase survivability when attacking fortified insurgent positions. But the five-year effort was just too far ahead of what’s possible, several SOCOM officials said.

Source: SOCOM’s Iron Man Must Die, So Iron Man Spinoffs Might Live | Breaking Defense

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