Canadian military wants “Ironman” suits

Iron Man Canuck may be appearing soon at a theatre near you.

The Defence Department posted a contract tender Monday asking companies for proposals for high-tech body suits that could help Canadian soldiers carry bigger loads into battle.

“One of the key challenges faced by soldiers today is the large weight they must carry,” says the notice.

Soldiers have been beasts of burden since the early days of the Roman legions, when the legionaries fighting under Gaius Marius laughingly called themselves Marius’s mules.

Soldiers in the field today regularly tote loads of 45 kilograms, including water, rations and ammunition. (link)

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