As technology has advanced over the last decade and a half, we have seen things that were never conceived in the older films about the “future.” It’s comical now to watch films and see people using phones with retractable antennae.
The popular idea for the future last century was “world peace” and “unity,” but it has become scaringly apparent that that is not happening in the 21st century. So, what we really need is a stronger police force; both mentally and physically.
When you think of the cop of the future, you’ll most likely visualize rayguns, rocket boots, and flying cars to chase down the telekinetic super villains. Lest we forget, the best offense is a good defense and that is what helps a law enforcement officer be the best he can be.
Currently, there are two countries (that we know of) that are developing new exoskeleton suits to better equip their cops; Russia and the United States of America. These suits are less flashy and futuristic than assumed and more subtle and technologically sound.
The Russian combat suit is almost a secret
I know, you’re like me and you’re sick of hearing anything about Russia right now but this is quite the suit as you can see. At first glance, it looks like something you’d see race passed you on the expressway on a crotch-rocket, but a closer look tells just a little bit more.
The panels covering three-quarters of the torso and legs are said to protect against ballistic fire and shrapnel dangers. These panels are strategically placed to protect the body’s vital organs and high-risk areas such as arteries or parts prone to massive bleeding.
The legs aren’t just regular pants, but in fact are equipped with bionic braces to help evenly distribute weight across the entire body. This will help to reduce the weight on the legs and make the officer more agile.
However, the million dollar man suit is not without its secrets. Inside the helmet is a pop-up display, but we do not know its use; possibly detailed maps for military use. On the top of the helmet are two little antennas that could be for something as simple as radioing for backup or maybe something much more sinister and advanced.
We call ours TALOS
The United States has been developing our own exoskeleton suit called the Tactical Assault Light Operators Suit (or TALOS). Unlike the Russian model, ours has been developed by universities and laboratories instead of a strictly military production.
TALOS was first mentioned in 2013 by Admiral William McRaven who said this new suit was inspired by one of his troops in Afghanistan. Though only suggestive photos have arisen here and there, the admiral expects to test the prototype in the field next year.
In typical U.S. fashion, they aren’t as secretive with its features and will have a few similar aspects when compared to their Russian counterpart. Our suit will employ the same protective panels (up to high-powered rifle calibers) and weight support to make the 400-pound body armor less daunting.
However, the American suit will employ much more power and should last a full twelve hours in the field. There will also be what are called “sensor cues” that will help prevent serious injury which could mean that parts of the suits stiffen up before it will take damage.
Physically, it looks more like something out of a Call of Duty game than anything else. As you can see, the suit looks rather basic thanks to its humble styling. The helmet however, looks like a set of binoculars that a spider would wear.
Any way you look at it, this could mean great things for the future of protecting our country from invading threats whether abroad or intergalactic. Though not aesthetic pleasing to the eyes, these suits will make the world a better place.