Revision’s Answer to TALOS Stands Out at SOFIC


Revision Military’s Kinetic Operations Suit attracted a lot of attention at the 2015 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, Fla. this past week.

It was the only attraction on the exhibit floor to take a stab at U.S. Special Operations Command’s vision for creating the Tactical Assault Light Operators Suit, or TALOS — a program the command launched in 2013 to create Iron-Man-style suits designed to give operators increased physical strength while providing them with greater ballistic protection and acute situational awareness on the battlefield.

SOCOM officials maintain they are making progress toward the goal of having a working prototype by 2018 but revealed very few details about the program at SOFIC.

I wrote a program-update story for that has Revision officials talking about their new suit that features a powered exoskeleton and rifle-round stopping body armor that covers 60 percent of the wearer.



About the Author

Matthew Cox
Matthew Cox is a reporter at He can be reached at
  • Edward

    Just what we need more computer stuck on people!

    • Pete

      Grammar my man grammar.

  • Vincent

    “rifle-round stopping body armor that covers 60 percent of the wearer”
    Sounds like a lot of weight right there.
    How do you get a proper cheek weld on a rifle with that helmet on?
    I am all for the advancement of technology but I get the feeling that resources would be better spent else where. But hey maybe this will be a huge success like that F35 XD

    • DangerMouse

      Yeah, I guess you’d need that powered exo-skeleton to carry it. And laser sights or TrackingPoint HUD instead of cheek weld.

      • Vincent

        Call me old fashion but I don’t like the idea relying on battery powered equipment ( to this extent/ level ) ¯_(ツ)_/¯ but hey the people making this stuff are probably smarter than I am.

        • Hal

          Don’t bet that they are smarter than you.

        • c’mon man

          not sure you understand how sof raids work…

      • Slag

        One step closer to being a Mech Warrior…

      • yeah dude

        cheekweld doesn’t matter at night time when you have an LA-5

    • Airborne_fister

      I believe the mandible face cover is flexible. Kinda like the ops-core one. It’s front plate right infront of the nose and mouth are of a more solid state.

    • crackedlenses

      “How do you get a proper cheek weld on a rifle with that helmet on?”

      Forget the the cheek weld and use as Smart-Linked Optic. The technology for it is already within reach.

  • LIAM

    needs improvement….the NVG’s need work to be a lot more compact!!!! THAT IS AN ISSUE!! I hope the old school stuff is still taught!!

    • seans

      Wow, the Quad Nods are incredibly compact and lightweight. Guessing you have never worn them if you think they have issues.

      • Guest

        Yeah, but not a fan of not being able to look under/around them. Hope they don’t have to check out a map while on those things or the entire helmet is going to have to come off. Sure, I know, HUD. But still, little room to improvise if you have to.

        • seans

          So going to guest you also haven’t worn them. There are lots of things that you can do to read a map. One simply flick your NODs up. Have the NVG compatible printer paper for your NVGs. Or just look under your NODs which is quite easy. Do you guys go out of your way to complain about some of the absolute best gear that we have, which obviously you have never used?

        • Rick

          The problems of map reading while wearing NVGs are more than just color maps and green view goggles, but I proved the technical capability of color NVG’s to SOCOM and others nearly 20 years ago.

  • Trotsky’s Icepick

    It seems the creators of this, played a little bit too much HALO with their children. Hopefully you don’t sneeze or cough in the helmet, might mess up the tactical display. Finally, where do the batteries go, how many do you need, and how long do they last?

    • Tallen

      Batteries are dispersed throughout the torso, underneath the armor. They’re recharged on-the-go by a miniaturized steam turbine. They last as long as your JP8 lasts. This technology isn’t ready for any level of production yet so don’t expect to see it operational for another decade or three. Do expect to see the steam turbines replaced with molten salt fission cells someday.

  • Brian B. Mulholland

    I think there’s a little hyperventilation here. First, we’re looking at technology demonstrators, not something that’s going to be worn in battle next month. Second, the thrust of what’s out in public on Iron Man suits suggests a specialty item for doorknockers that may, or may not, filter down to riflemen in general. If it does, it’ll be after several generations, during which it will primarily matter to special forces operatives involved in seizing and snatching HVTs. And the impressive set of photomultiplier tubes in the photo might turn out to matter more than the armor; there’s no such thing as too much situational awareness. Someone with the equivalent of good human village who could stand overwatch at a couple of hundred yards while someone else with armor kicked in a door would be a considerable asset, as far as I can tell, in securing the back of the people who actually go through that door.

  • Brian B. Mulholland

    I wish I could figure out why my last post was deleted.

    • Yo momma

      I get that problem too.

  • Christopher

    Of course the Bolt action mall ninjas hate this. They wanna be like their Navy Seal hero of the year. Can’t do that in a suit of powered armor.
    If the military thought like that we would have never moved on from M1 Garand’s and 1911s.

  • Brian B. Mulholland

    Mulling this over a bit, when this stuff sees use, it’ll probably be in rather specialized contexts. A powered suit that handles the weight of armor nicely would be a good thing if you’re the first man through the door. The same suit in a different configuration might let a sniper teal perform overwatch at night while the doorknockers go in, with a really huge night-vision helmet that needs more current then can be worn on the head. Delete the armor and big NV helmet and perhaps a dozen or twenty men could be dropped off by helicopters beyond the target community’s range of hearing (or that of their dogs) and cover a five or ten mile distance at a near run, without incurring a disabling level of fatigue. Power density is presumably the limiting factor at this point, and I have no idea when it will be sufficient.

  • Brian B. Mulholland

    Does this call to memory Robert A. Heinlein’s power suits in “Starship Troopers” in anyone besides myself?

  • Steve

    Seems like sci-fi war films are becoming closer to reality by the day. The “power armor” looks pretty functional although it’s definitely going to be very expensive so I doubt anyone other than SF will be supplied with the armor for now. A lot of people are going to be laughing at this but body armor seriously is a life saver it’s just a matter of retaining mobility. I’m reading Black Hawk down written by Mark Bowden featuring the Battle of Mogadishu 3rd October 1993. I just got to the part where a Ranger called Smith was hit in the thigh which severed his femoral artery leading to the man bleeding to death. If he had armor on his thigh as shown above he would probably still be alive today.


    It’s SOF Mutant Ninja Turtle ! It looks like we are getting close to the Edge of Tomorrow type exoskeletons complete with weapons packages. 15 years from now and we’ll be looking at small Mechs like the ones from the game Mechwarrior probably powered by a miniaturized advanced pebble bed reactors.


    Nice stuff, my question is what does all of this stuff weight. My son tested a bunch of the early full dress equipment in Alaska several years ago. As an infantryman his comment was that no matter what the stuff does to protect me if it weights to much it will not be used. We are now loading the soldier down with more gear than he can possible carry and still expect him to preform at the same level, that leads to blown out knees, ankles, bad back and ineffective combat operations.


    And it has no codpiece.

  • Guest

    Get this into production and out to the troops ASAP

  • mark

    My neck hurts just looking at this.

  • AT-1999

    The suit is completely flawed, the helmet is too clunky which will make it harder to maneuver or angle your head. The goggles are completely unnecessary and that one part of the helmet covers the eyes so if they are hit with an emp or if there’s any error with the goggles then the wearer will have to remove that part of the helmet and most likely fight without it. The amount of body armor is unnecessary, this is just for show it seems and if our troops wore this then it would just cause more deaths than less. I’m guessing the lead designer was playing too many video games because he obviously didn’t think of all the flaws on the suit, I have seen better concepts of TALOS that would work better than this. This program is such a waste of funding.