An Army soldier wears conceptual "future soldier" armor at the Detroit Auto Show in 2012.
If the Special Operations Command's TALOS project is successful, soldiers may wear armored exoskeletons for urban combat in the near future.
Navy Commander Anthony Baker of USSOCOM's Joint Acquisition Task Force unveiled the initial list of requirements for TALOS, which is intended to enhance the "comprehensive ballistic protection, situational awareness, and surgical precision and lethality" of Special Operations troops, particularly in urban combat.
Initial prototypes demonstrating some of the technologies for TALOS were developed by MIT under the USSOCOM/DARPA program in 2014, and USSOCOM is now on course to produce a full advanced prototype of TALOS by August of 2018.
General Atomics is also working on methods of powering TALOS, including a hybrid power supply that can switch to battery for short periods for stealth purposes.
The suit will have an "open architecture," allowing add-on capabilities to be quickly integrated into the system.