'Iron Man' Suits for U.S. Military Inching Closer to Reality?
Could U.S. soldiers soon become real-life "Iron Men?"
The military is reportedly working on a high-tech tactical assault light operations suit, or TALUS, that would employ a form of armor that can shift from a liquid state to a rock-hard solid shield in milliseconds. This would make soldiers impervious to gunfire.
The suits will reportedly also have their own oxygen and heat supplies, and will be able to monitor soldiers' vital signs as well as patch up minor injuries sustained in battle.
Building the suit has certainly been a team effort. Fifty-six corporations, 16 government agencies,13 universities and 10 national labs have put their financial and intellectual muscle behind development of the project.