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    Think it will pan out, in the near term (say, <2020)?

    DARPA has an ongoing proof-of-concept program:
    http://www.darpa.mil/dso/thrust/matdev/ehpa.htm

    The Japanese (and UCBerkely, IIRC) have several civilian prototypes (HAL, most importantly) currently in operation.



    Me? I'm guessing it will have a lot of significant hurdles to overcome, beyond just power-density (the current idea is a small ICE powerpack, burning diesel or propane). Agility (no sense being resistant to 7.62mm, if you can't duck 12.7mm or RPGs...), endurance before required PMCS (if each hr of noncombat use means 5hrs of hangar time....that isn't so good), and most of all, a percieved requirement (Logdogs and Engineers will likely see these systems before Infantrymen, as the heavy lifting capability might increase such unit's efficiency).

    One item I've not seen addressed: Grip strength. A lot of the programs tout increased lifting ability, but that is generate by the enhanced joint mechanics (knees, hips and elbows), not the hands. I've not heard of any attempt to create a "power glove" to match the enhanced lift capability with enhanced ability to manually manipulate that weight.






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    i like the helmet

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    Quote Originally Posted by chulo_allen View Post
    i like the helmet
    Be a good replacement for the Marines, on Embassy and White House duty...

    POTUS: And now, Mr Ambassador, one of my armored minions will strangle a buffalo to death in front of you. What were you saying about that oil dispute?

    Ambassador:......

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    Diesel powerpack, a little cumbersome Michael?, I was reading a while back on a Japanese company had developed paper thin battery technolgy, might be a way to go.

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    or a fuel cell I guess.

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    One of the problems coming out of Iraq is the fact that our troops there, once they're kitted up, look less human and more machine-like. Thereby creating a disconnect with Joe and Jane Iraqi. I think these battle dress systems really address those problems. Who wouldn't want to hug one of these guys?

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    Quote Originally Posted by muttbutt View Post
    Diesel powerpack, a little cumbersome Michael?, I was reading a while back on a Japanese company had developed paper thin battery technolgy, might be a way to go.
    I think it's a (set of?) microturbine(s) that is currently being considered. DARPA seems to think it will be within an acceptable mass range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clean View Post
    One of the problems coming out of Iraq is the fact that our troops there, once they're kitted up, look less human and more machine-like. Thereby creating a disconnect with Joe and Jane Iraqi. I think these battle dress systems really address those problems. Who wouldn't want to hug one of these guys?
    maybe thats one of the problems of this war, are all or most wars going to be like this a counter insurgency or will there be a general war in the future where soldiers (and Marines, always capitalized) need suits like this....difficult to tell, you don't want to be caught fighting the last war.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelF View Post
    I think it's a (set of?) microturbine(s) that is currently being considered. DARPA seems to think it will be within an acceptable mass range.
    Hmm, have to read up on that thanks Mike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clean View Post
    One of the problems coming out of Iraq is the fact that our troops there, once they're kitted up, look less human and more machine-like. Thereby creating a disconnect with Joe and Jane Iraqi. I think these battle dress systems really address those problems. Who wouldn't want to hug one of these guys?
    Likely such systems would not be for foot patrols and presence activities, but for shock actions and raids. IOW, a new Infantry-type (such as Mech, Abn, AA, Ranger, Stryker, etc) and not simply a new general-issue 11B item.

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    zomg fallout

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    Looks like a f_ucking Power Ranger!*** Alert!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    It's only a matter of time now...

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    I'm still waiting to pilot one of these


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    Quote Originally Posted by helomech View Post


    Looks like a f_ucking Power Ranger!*** Alert!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You ever played Halo, man? I say props to him, the suit is a dead replica.

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