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article imageUnfashionable U.S. Army gives 'power suit' new meaning

By W. Mark Dendy     Oct 14, 2013 in Technology
The U.S. Army with its camouflage and utilitarian uniforms does not care whether a suit is made by Armani or Dior. Face it. Designers of military wear are just not fashion conscious.
Therefore, it is highly unlikely that you will see the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) at New York’s Fashion Week 2014, but a prototype of the “superhuman suit that will turn special operations commandos into real-life Iron Men” is expected to be out next year according to the Oct. 12, Daily Mail.
What matters to military commanders is the apparel’s ability to blend with the background and to minimize the damage caused by bullets and shrapnel.
Features of the armored combat suit, named after the guardian that Zeus, the Greek mythological god, assigned to protect his lover, include “a powered exoskeleton to haul heavier equipment, built-in computers and the ability to apply wound-sealing foam.”
The suit is being developed by U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, working together with various industries and universities.
The prototype for the armor designed to make the U.S. Special Ops forces nearly invincible is expected to be ready next July with an advanced model taking a couple more years.
As far as available colors, you can pretty much count on olive drab. And if someone high up in the chain-of-command wants more variety, you may see an optional cobalt blue.
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