Military hopes to have REAL Iron Man armor operational by 2018

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Jun 25, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT (Updated)

Sure, we might not have a real-life Tony Stark to take care of those Arc Reactor breakthroughs, but the U.S. military is deep in development on its own version of Iron Man armor. By 2018, we could be a whole lot closer to a real-life version of The Avengers.

A new report notes Navy admiral William McRaven has confirmed that three different Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) prototypes are in the works and could be ready for testing later this year. Assuming things stay on track, it sounds like at least one of those designs could be in the field by 2018.

Though the report notes the capabilities are largely defensive, including “liquid armor” that can be used to repel gunfire, the suit could also feature some offensive firepower. To go along with that, they’re also testing a built-in system that could stop bleeding with a medical foam if the wearer is injured. Sadly, no mention of flying tech, but maybe that'll be version 2.0?

In a recent statement, McRaven noted that the suit could drastically improve “survivability and capability for special operators” who rock the suit. If it turns out anything like Marvel’s version, that’s an understatement. It’s a bit simplistic to just call this a case of reality mirroring fiction, but if science fiction has taught us anything, there’s an insane amount of potential when it comes to exo-suits. From Starship Troopers to Iron Man and even Alien — there are more than a few viable examples to draw from.

Regardless, we’re pretty psyched to see what they come up with. What do you think? Is the world ready for a real Iron Man?

(Via RT)