Old-fashioned battery power is proving to be the biggest challenge in the military’s push to develop an “Iron Man suit,” a futuristic full-body armor that aims to offer individual troops a revolutionary level of protection and capability on the battlefield.
Adm. William McRaven, chief of U.S. Special Operations Command, said his team is in the final stages of procuring prototypes for the first-of-its-kind suit that will fully cover a service member with ballistic protection and also have internal displays to provide intelligence and communications.
The first three prototypes of what is officially known as the Tactical Assault Light-Operator Suit, or TALOS, will be delivered to SOCOM in June, McRaven said.
Power is always the problem with these things. You need a shit load of power, and reality is that things like the ARC reactor are just fantasy. I remember big talk about nuclear powered batteries solving these issues back in the day, but the things have problems nobody has figured out how to overcome.
This Iron Man suit is not the first instance of power issues affecting weapons systems. The US NAVY has wanted to use more futuristic weapons like Rail Guns and ship mounted LASERs for decades now, but power has always been the issue. Apparently it took a massive ship like the Zumwalt class to give them a platform big enough to have the power generation capacity for these exotic, but if they are made to work properly, incredibly valuable weapons systems. Getting it small enough to fit a mechanized man sized suit is going to be one heck of a challenge.
Whatever company solves these compact power generation and storage problem requirements, and believe me it will not be any kind of nonsense green technology that does this, will make a killing. Where is Robert Downey Jr. when you need him, huh?