An Army statement reveals that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is also in on the project. Its scientists are designing a kind of "liquid armor" that stiffens the moment it encounters something hard, like shrapnel.
U.S. Special Operations Command, which requested the suits, hopes to complete a prototype next year — at which point it'll be two more years before a "more advanced" model will be built, according to Foreign Policy.
The suit itself won't likely be armed. But with other units advancing apace with technologies like giant shipboard lasers, that future can be fun to think about.