The U.S. Army recently commissioned an Iron Man-like suit that would give soldiers superhuman abilities such as enhanced strength and night vision.
The armor, known as a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, would even be able to protect soldiers from gun fire, much like the suit Tony Stark wears in the Iron Man comics.
"The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, is an advanced infantry uniform that promises to provide superhuman strength with greater ballistic protection," wrote the army in a press release.
Every one of them would also have an on-board computer that is able to instantly respond to certain situations and provide the wearer with enhanced situational awareness.
The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command is currently submitting proposals for the suit.
"There is no one industry that can build it," said SOCOM Senior Enlisted Advisor Command Sgt. Maj. Chris Faris during a panel discussion at a conference at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.
The request has been posted on Federal Business Opportunities as the Army is seeking out technology demonstration submissions from research and development organizations, private industry, individuals, government labs and academia to support the command-directed requirement issued by Adm. William McRaven, a USSOCOM commander.
"The requirement is a comprehensive family of systems in a combat armor suit where we bring together an exoskeleton with innovative armor, displays for power monitoring, health monitoring, and integrating a weapon into that-a whole bunch of stuff that RDECOM is playing heavily in," said Lt. Col. Borjes.
TALOS will also have a physiological subsystem that lies directly against the skin that is embedded which monitors body temperature, skin temperature, heart rate, body position and hydration levels.
They hope to have the new armor fully developed within three years' time.