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Iron Man's Clark Gregg tries real life Iron Man powersuit

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Remember Ripley's powerloader from Aliens? Almost one-quarter of a century after James Cameron showed us what people might use to arm dropships in space, military contractor Raytheon is getting pretty close to making the real deal. In fact, one of the purposes of the XOS 2 is to load ordnance on fighter craft, just like the powerloaders from Aliens.

Last week actor Clark Gregg, who plays SHIELD agent Phil Coulson in the Iron Man movies, was invited by Raytheon to test out the XOS 2, the company's next generation battlesuit. As the video below will show, this thing is surprisingly light and nimble, and it's hellastrong. One tester is shown breaking several wooden planks with a simple thrust of an arm, and lifting 35 lb. weights in both arms requires little effort from the suit wearer.

It should be noted that Raytheon isn't building these things because they happen to be fans of the Iron Man and Aliens movies. As a Raytheon spokesperson explains in the vid, the XOS 2's two primary uses are to help move heavy things for the military and for being used on the battlefield. Tony Stark may have had a problem with surrendering the Iron Man suit to the military-industrial complex but now you know, they already have it.

 

 

If this is the prototype now, imagine where these guys will be ten years from today.

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