Creative Engineering is proud to announce our participation in the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) TALOS project. The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) is a mission to better protect and enhance the capabilities of our Special Operations forces within each arm of the U.S. military.
In June 2014, three concept suits will be delivered to the U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida. These new suit concepts are being referred to as ‘Iron Man’ suits due to their advanced features and tight integration of multiple technologies.
Each of the TALOS suits have features covering several distinct functional areas. Our focus has been on mobility and agility, specifically the transferring of loads from the operator’s extremities such that load carrying capacity is significantly increased. Work in this functional area makes the use of more effective armor and helmets possible. Our contribution to the suit is the VLOS: Vertical Load Offset System. The VLOS lightens the load on the solider’s head by transferring the weight of the helmet and associated gear (visor/batteries/communications/night vision) to the shoulders. This is done without limiting the soldier’s freedom of movement. The VLOS is designed to work with next generation helmet designs with increased ballistic performance/survivability, full face protection, and integration of electronics and communications systems.
The suit delivered by NSRDEC (Natick Solider Research Development & Engineering Center) will feature VLOS along with technologies and systems provided by a wide of variety of other project participants. The VLOS project had its genesis in our work with the ARL (Army Research Laboratory).