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South Korean Space Marines: Prepare to Drop

High-tech combat suits to start development in 2009.

This soldier is HARDER, BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER.
Finally.
After hearing about the US Army's Land Warrior program, which was supposed to make US soldiers mad futuristic with smart suits, HUDs, and all the other sort of stuff that seems commonplace in any modern video game, I got all excited about a war-torn future in which commanding officers sit in a bunker, staring at video feeds from everyone out in the field. Then something go bad, and the CO would hit the "INJECT FUTURE DRUGS" button to hit everyone up with some sort of accuracy improving stimulant.

Then Peter Molyneux would show up and claim to have predicted it all with the release of Syndicate! Chaos ensues!

But that Land Warrior program seems to have stalled after its 1994 launch. Now South Korea has a chance to make Halo real with its own high-tech combat uniform.

Aside from a totally sweet helmet that looks like a cross between Daft Punk and Master Chief, they'll roll with a suit that will offer some form of protection from nuclear, biological, or chemical attacks. And they'll crack aliens upside the head with the butt of their XK-11, an assault rifle that'll fire 5.56mm rounds and 20mm grenades. They'll also be armed with the Bomb Squad perk via a uniform that will somehow detect mines.

No word yet on if there will be a button on the side of the helmet that broadcasts the phrase "to give the Covenant back their bomb" as an effective response to any kind of "where are you going?" query.

Engadget dug up this video on the XK11, in case you're interested.

  


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Posted by Jeff
This soldier is HARDER, BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER.
Finally.
After hearing about the US Army's Land Warrior program, which was supposed to make US soldiers mad futuristic with smart suits, HUDs, and all the other sort of stuff that seems commonplace in any modern video game, I got all excited about a war-torn future in which commanding officers sit in a bunker, staring at video feeds from everyone out in the field. Then something go bad, and the CO would hit the "INJECT FUTURE DRUGS" button to hit everyone up with some sort of accuracy improving stimulant.

Then Peter Molyneux would show up and claim to have predicted it all with the release of Syndicate! Chaos ensues!

But that Land Warrior program seems to have stalled after its 1994 launch. Now South Korea has a chance to make Halo real with its own high-tech combat uniform.

Aside from a totally sweet helmet that looks like a cross between Daft Punk and Master Chief, they'll roll with a suit that will offer some form of protection from nuclear, biological, or chemical attacks. And they'll crack aliens upside the head with the butt of their XK-11, an assault rifle that'll fire 5.56mm rounds and 20mm grenades. They'll also be armed with the Bomb Squad perk via a uniform that will somehow detect mines.

No word yet on if there will be a button on the side of the helmet that broadcasts the phrase "to give the Covenant back their bomb" as an effective response to any kind of "where are you going?" query.

Engadget dug up this video on the XK11, in case you're interested.

  


Posted by Womble

I'm more worried about the Zerglings that they're creating in secret underground research labs...

Posted by lordofultima

Prepare for the future!

Posted by Pazy

So what your saying is from now on Starcraft stops being a game and the #1 South Korean Starcraft player is also going to be a general for there army?

Posted by ZmillA

Ah crap! the XK11?, thats like one shot center mass and your done!

Posted by Snoopy

Dude what the hell do we got? Don't we have like the largest defense budget in the world? I wanna see a fucking transformer bro.

Posted by darkjester74

Prepare for unforeseen consequences.

Posted by ReTarDedFisHy

Simply kickass. Get ready to blow Zerglings up with the XK11!
Now ReTarDedFisHy will attempt to re-create the sounds of battle:

"POW POW! KA-PLOWY! BOOM! BLAM-O! BZZZT! BZZZZZT! BOOM! MY LEG!! PEW PEW! RA-TA-TA-TA!!"

Posted by Rorschach

*Ten years later, in a third world, future America* "Jesus, we really shouldn't have let those damn Koreans build the Halo suits..."

Posted by Afroman269

Jeff you should of had the Daft Punk song playing in the background or better yet have the guy with the talkbox on.

Posted by lamegame621

at least its the ...um..."good" Koreans.

Posted by CitizenKane

What are you talking about?  The Land Warrior program along with the rest of the components of the U.S. Army's FCS project is alive and well!

Future Force Warrior












































Posted by Death_Burnout

Oooooo!

Edited by IncredibleBulk92

Would you like to know more?

Posted by Lunarbunny

Glad I'm not the only person who thought Daft Punk when I saw that black & white picture.

Posted by bshirk

I like first person shooters, but I'd prefer that war stay in video game form.  The world is chaotic enough as it is and this relentless pursuit of powerful weapons and military equipment is getting out of hand.  People may praise this kind of stuff now, but they won't be saying the same thing when war hits home.  Let us pursue peace, not bloodshed.

Posted by Bennyishere

I heard this game has kick-ass graphics.

Posted by AlexMarra

Time to kick North Korea's ass with style!

Posted by addictedtopinescent

Yeah awesome looking soldier there, maybe i'll live long enough to see Master Chief and the spartan project in reality.

Posted by CleverLoginName

I demand my active camo suit.

Posted by Snail

It's really happening.. Oh Lordy...

Posted by unangbangkay
Edited by Fakenham

If Korea is doing Halo suits, then surely the US will have to up the ante with some Crysis suits. You know what I'm talking about, super-speed and super-strength so you can just run up to the Korean hiding behind a rock waiting for his armor to recharge and just pick him up and knock him on his ass.

Posted by dagas

The more advanced tech they create the harder it's going to be when we have to rise up against the alien/machines/dictators or whatever overlords we'll have in the future because we all know that we are going to have to fight with stone age weapons and the overlords will have all the high tech stuff. That's how it always is in movies. As long as we manage to steal the X-wing design specs we should be fine, if the overlords create the death star with a weak spot of course.

Posted by Phoenix87

south korea, Combat Evolved

Posted by jangofett88

The Real World: Crysis

Posted by Jayzilla

i find it creepy that real warfare is becoming like video games. is someone going to turn me into a mutant now to fight the commies that exist in a parallel universe?

Posted by TooWalrus

Too many pockets, and the helmet is too old-school spaceman like. The gun is cool though

Posted by dsplayer1010

Should we be concerned?

Posted by MrKlorox

That video was MUCH more interesting in that Soccer riot. And I'm not even into guns.

Edited by killdave

*the phrase "to give the Covenant back their bomb" as an effective response to any kind of "where are you going?" query.*

HAHA !! That had me smiling / smirking for a good few minutes. Funny times :p

Also I hear North Korea have started testing the GoW Lancers ??

Posted by Grim_Reaper

I'd prefer the lancer from gears 2 easily over this weapon, oh and about the helmet... I'll quote B. Carmine- "You should wear a helmet, it filters out the dust so you don't have to breath it"
Dom- "Yeah, but then you can't see snipers as well".  Delta Squad-the baddest MOFO's in gaming history. ( P.S. i got 2 words for Augustus Cole-Public Relations, i love his speech on the intercom at the Locust underground stronghold.)

Posted by Destroyeron

Our suits are sexier.

Posted by Milkman

War...has changed.

Posted by TheGreatAndWiseOne

Just in time for the imminent Protoss and Zerg invasions! Next we need some spankin' Battlecruisers.

Posted by ahoodedfigure

I wonder if these defense industry videos actually show the use of a weapon, or if they're just sort of fun to watch for the potential buyers.

"Man, this is why I got into this business.  Look at that sweet barrel and stock design!"

Posted by Coldbrand

Eh, our stuff is neater.

Posted by BR4DL3I9H

I'll start worrying as soon as someone actually creates 'Bears-with-parachutes' launching cannons...

Posted by The_Icon

US should counter it with NANO suits!

Posted by killdave

Yes because South Korea aren't already in a major defence treaty with the US and don't owe their existance to the West (US/UK allies etc)
...

Posted by the_purgatory_station

interesting stuff jeff.  i see you and kojima have the same taste.

i remember seeing a picture of shinkawa wearing a Crye Precision battle shirt on kojima's blog.  and GRAW 1 had all the ghosts outfitted w/ Crye Precision gear.

good source material for all the devs, modders, and monty oums of the world out there.

Posted by Irishjohn

The seemingly inexplicable dropping of rifles is hilarious.

Posted by Highlander

those weapons weigh too much to be used by general infantry

Posted by Wright

high tech rifle drops.

Posted by Media_Master

techy gun

Posted by Det1

I like how south korea will never get to use any of this stuff on anybody. ever.

Posted by FCKSNAP
Posted by daniel_beck_90

wow , future is on ............ Video games rule

Posted by marcusfriendly