Many of the companies listed on the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) are the usual defense regulars like Boeing, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. There a few other athletic wear companies like Nike and Under Armour. And then there are a few outliers that have left some in the industry scratching their heads like National Public Radio and Red Bull Air Force.
Military leaders to include Adm. William McRaven, the head of U.S. Special Operations Command, have touted the suit as a next generation capability that will change how Special Forces operate. Leaders like McRaven want it to provide troops super human strength, the ability to see through walls and a bulletproof skin, among other capabilities.
“That suit, if done correctly, will yield a revolutionary improvement in survivability and capability for special operators,” McRaven said in February.
Work has started on the suit. SOCOM officials hope to have prototypes by this June and start outfitting special operators by 2018.
Thus far, about 56 defense companies, 16 government agencies, 13 universities and 10 national laboratories are working on the program. Until the release of SOCOM’s new website dedicated to the program. Those companies haven’t been listed. Below is a list of those companies:
Azure Summit Technologies
Deep Springs Technology
Global Satellite Engineering
Helios Design Labs
National Public Radio (NPR)
Oceanic Safety Systems
Physical Operator Corporation
Red Bull Air Force
Robotics Technology Consortium
Select Engineering Services (SES)
Sierra Nevada Corp.
Tampa Energy Solutions
Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc.