What?! China to Create Real Iron Man Suit

What?! China to Create Real Iron Man Suit

Upon first hearing the news, it almost sounded like a joke, but then you realized they were serious. Try to imagine the U.S. government holding a contest to find the best Iron Man suit. No, we mean try to picture it actually happening because according to one story, this is precisely what China’s government did.

Yes, that Iron Man, brought to the big screen and to life by actor Robert Downey Jr., exactly. It might take a moment or two to recover from the shock that this was a real contest and that it was sponsored by the Chinese government, but once you do it stops being funny.

If someone had said that there was an Iron Man costume contest at a comic book convention, okay, that would seem normal enough. It someone had reported that some government was looking into advances in armor or weaponry technology, again, it wouldn’t come as any surprise – but a real Iron Man suit and the honest investment of a government?

As the aforementioned story reported, “ideas for the futuristic suit were judged at the Super Warrior 2019 Military Individual Exoskeleton System Challenge in Beijing, organized by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Equipment Department.”

Just to help you to understand how seriously they are taking this idea in China, the story went on to say that “around 100 teams from research institutes, universities, and companies across the country reportedly participated in the competition, where judges tested their suits’… .”

These were tests to measure mobility, artillery loading, and usage along with aspects such as their ability to carry weight and so on. If you noticed as well, according to our story, these were research institutions, universities, and companies. These were not your average Joe’s (or whatever the equivalent in Beijing is), these were the best minds across the entire country. This, by all accounts, is a serious endeavor and one of the few reasons why it isn’t as funny as it initially sounds.

The story quoted a person cited as a Chinese military expert who said “the competition will help enhance innovation…” and suggested the suits would ideally be “connected to a network that allows information sharing and integrates with heavier individual weapons like automatic grenade launchers and light machine guns, giving individual soldiers strong firepower.” They went on to say that “the current exoskeleton systems are still basic, but in the future, the armor, weapons and flight systems will be integrated into a power suit that could turn ordinary soldiers to ‘iron man’ soldiers,” – still funny?

Another aspect our story shared that makes this report and this Iron Man contest not so funny, is the seriousness of the group behind it. The story reports that “the contest underlines the ambition of the PLA to become the world’s most potent military force, thus cementing China’s place as the most powerful country in the world.”

Yes, this Iron Man contest as silly as it sounds, is no laughing matter. In fact, as our story also reported, the U.S. government isn’t laughing either. “In May this year, the U.S. Defense Department released a report warning that China was dramatically upgrading its military capabilities and expanding its ability to project power, aggressively using technology theft to rapidly modernize its military forces.” How funny does that sound?

Everything about the initial impression of this story and this contest makes us want to chuckle. Then we remember that at one time, space travel was a crazy idea. At one time, talking to people like James Bond through some futuristic wrist-watch-phone was make-believe.

The reality of the story is that China isn’t going to create an army of “Iron Men” overnight, this year, next year, or… and that’s the problem. We don’t know when or if but is it really that far-fetched? What if they do and we are behind on the curve? Yes, that’s a ton of speculation and what-ifs, but at one time so was most of the world we live in today. It’s true, China wants to develop a real Iron Man suit, but it may not be as funny as we think it is.

 

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63 thoughts on “What?! China to Create Real Iron Man Suit

  1. So where’s our military R&D on this?!! We have exoskeletons that enhance strength and a mix of star war type suits, but nothing like iron man capabilities.

    1. China’s is nothing like Iron man either. These exosuits are akin to the speed of ASIMO twenty-five years ago. AND we are talkin about China here, so let’s say in 50 years they actually did make some version of a flying, shooting, Ironman exosuit: half of them would like burst into flames or fall apart from stating these suits are made of steel and iron, but in reality the suits are made of cardboard, lead paint, and intellectual property stolen from fictional engineers.
      Give me a break. The article tries so damn hard to scare the reader. The only truth in what makes them scary is, even if a rock turns out to be just a piece of shit, their population makes it a tsunami of shit.

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  3. It’s another word for a ‘Combat Exoskeleton” and (I think) the U.S. Secret “Skunk works” is perfecting one as well. Stay tuned . . . Team Trump and his allies 2020 – KAGA (Keep America Great Again).

  4. China is not the backward country of the Korean War. This time around, when war comes, China will not launch human wave attacks with drugged men carrying pitch forks, swords and an occasional antique rifle. No, nothing like that will happen again. As Napoleon predicted, China has awakened. The Chinese have mastered modern mass production techniques, the scientific method, computer design and their Army has transitioned from a mechanical to a digital force with force multipliers. There are currently over ONE BILLION Chinese and if motivated, they can field a army of ONE HUNDRED MILLION soldiers. Think about it.

  5. The truth of the matter is that the tech is not that difficult, the true limit is Power for the suit. The ability to fly is contrary to a fighting suit. Youy can either armor the suit for heavy combat, or make a flying version. For the exact same reason you have tanks, and warplanes; but not both combined….

    The problem with small size needed for a one man suit preclude current nuclear power generation (to get enough output power) there is a small possibility for an anti matter power source, if it can be made stable enough. Fusion MIGHT make enough power, but only if it was very efficient at matter conversion.

    Piezoelectric actuators show some promise for suits, but Hydraulics and pneumatics are too vulnerable for war use. I worked on an 8″ Howitzer that had been destroyed, because they were able to damage the hydraulic system, and disable the gun. It was burned.

    Battle armor must be powered, and Tough; or it is useless.

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