How many centuries do you think it will be until the military begins fielding reliable exoskeleton armor?
Not even 1 century. Shit's getting feasible fast. Maybe when fuel cells hit it off we'll have a power source dense enough to power them.
For a tank, am I the only one that thinks big daddy style full body cockpit chassis is the way to go? Maybe with riot shield shoulder/arm plates. Two arms (no drill bs) and a steady cam smart gun mount (pretty much a suspended auto turret w/HUD). Back mounted 40 mm indirect fire launcher and wrist mounted breaching shotguns.
We'll probably see ODST-style armor before completel exos, as we progress into denser materials and battery packs.
I'm pretty psyched for full faced helmets desu senpai
Maybe within a decade or two
Biggest issue is FOV. But 25 years from now? 30? We'll see helmets like the F-35's turned into something used at the very least by special ops, giving them increased protection without compromising their FOV.
the thing is it wont make people that much faster.
sure you can lift and carry bigger things and do physical things longer but the human body is limited in its ability to go faster for that you're going to need things like genetics.
also having them break in the field is going to cause huge problems
DARPA is already building an exoskeleton, you only need at most 4HP to fully support and move the human frame within its own range of motion and you can get away with even less.
The issue becomes when you start adding weight to the frame, a 200lb human with another 50-100lbs of pack weight and then another couple dozen pounds of ballistic armor drives the energy need up considerably.
Even then, logistics and maintenance costs are a bitch
VR is already taking off in the commercial fields (albeit at exorbitant prices), military applications for VR could finally allow full-facial armor with external cameras and sensors.
Reminder that fewer than 200 U.S. combatants have been killed by bullets since the Iraq War started, and almost all of those were due to headshots/neckshots that killed near-instantly
GUNGNIR helmets soon
News media can't seem to get out of referencing TV and film media anytime they want to present a concept that a layman reader might not be familiar with. I find this odd when video games are the biggest entertainment medium now and there are far better examples to be found there.
Infantry don't destroy their knees/lower backs. artillerymen load shells faster, engineers can engineer stuff faster, logistics can load and unload cargo faster/with out the need for forklifts.
>Sure it looks cool but wouldn't a faster and more flexible soldier be better than a giant hunk of metal?
Would you prefer to do squats a little faster or be highly resistant to .50 BMG from the front?
1 inch of AR550 steel will laugh off standard and APIT .50 on direct head-on hits. Only black tip AP rounds can make a dent in the steel but it is guaranteed not to penetrate on the first hit. The primary problem will be the spalling and fragments flying everywhere, so a chestplate must be shaped to direct shrapnel away from the wearer's face and he should be wearing a full-face helmet too.
That's a plain block of steel. Multilayered composites and ceramics may be able to lighten the weight at the cost of the sheer durability of steel. Still makes a very good baseline standard and as a means of comparison between different solutions and methods, sort of how RHA is still used to measure the protective qualities of tank armor.
It'll be a while. One of the big problems with today's technology is the wear and friction on an actionable joint.
So for example, why don't they construct a washer that automatically dumps the clothes into a dryer? Why just have it as a spinning drum?
Because too many moving parts means wear and tear and the action joints. It eventually breaks down. This is holding technology back so much it's kind of ridiculous.
Thus, you will not have any kind of complex exosuit type armor until we have significant advances in technology. Besides, such armor would probably not even be efficient. Spend $50 million on an exosuit for a single soldier, or spend that money training 100 marines? Which would you rather have?
You argue that exosuits provide more mobility, well why not just build a plane then? Or use a dirtbike to get around quickly?
Once China deploys the operational-version of their 1st gen exoskeleton, the world-wide race for mechanized infantry will begin.
Japan would be the next one, South Korea, and even the Phlips would want to have something to match the Chinese. This will spur the development in the US, since, aside of Japan, noone else in asia even has the basic tech for that. Then, the entire West and Russia will deploy them too.
Full-coverage exosuits are unlikely to ever play a major role in warfare outside of the highest tier of special ops. Drones and robots are increasing in effectiveness at a rapid rate while the importance of frontline infantry continues to diminish. By the time a full-coverage armored strength-boosting etc exosuit is viable there will probably be little reason to foot the expense. However, passive load-bearing exoskeletons, like the one in >>28543156 and the one being developed in the US that increases movement efficiency, are likely to become common equipment before then. We are probably likely to also see strength-enhancing industrial (i.e. bare pistons n shit, not armed and armored) exosuits used by military logistics and the like.
The exo-skeleton suits in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series of games (of which the op image is concept art for) were designed as a suppourt system for a compex set of heavy armor that covered the whole body. Even with the exo skeleton's frame the player is unable to sprint, which is off set somewhat but the supreme level of protection.
Canonically, within the games universe, the exo's were prototyped for military use but were ultimately scrapped due to the suits hinderance of motion.
Depending on how agile the exo chassis of the future are, I could see a similar fate happening.
I wouldn't be surprised if it was arleady used in a few ops
spec ops operational operators usually get coolguy shit before regular infantry does.
>Canonically, within the games universe, the exo's were prototyped for military use but were ultimately scrapped due to the suits hinderance of motion.
>Depending on how agile the exo chassis of the future are, I could see a similar fate happening.
The Lockheed Martin HULC allows one to run at up to 10 MPH and is one of the older designs available currently, the problem was already fixed.
Can you imagine how it would feel to be wielding such a powerful set of power armor where a IED wouldn't make you flinch and the face on those fucks behind the door as you walk through the smoke debris.
Yup, with the carrying handle taken off. Honestly I think the far right might be some sort of hybrid cosplay because of who similar it looks to starship troopers shit.
http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/13/darpa-jetpack-soldiers-runner/ Looks big and bulky but apparently this is one way people are thinking to make soldiers go faster (P.S. paint it red red runz fasta)