New Military Uniform to Have HUD, Mini-Missile System

US soldiers are not the only ones getting advanced uniforms. In fact, Korea may be taking the lead with a new stormtrooper suit that—if goes beyond the vapourware stage—will include every sci-fi technology you can imagine. From a helmet with a heads-up-display to the personal cooling and heating system in the suit itself, and a matching weapon that includes a laser-guided target assessment system to fire, you guessed it, mini-missiles. And that's just the beginning.

South Korea's Agency for Defence Development will start developing this uniform at the beginning of 2009 under a two-phase program. The first one will include the battle uniform itself, with the bullet-proof helmet that will include "sub-miniature cameras", plus a new rifle called K-11. The K-11 will have a laser-guided target system which will communicate with the helmet, as well as mini-missiles and a high explosive projectile.

The battle suit itself will include a personal cooling and heating system, as well as a backpack designed to control it. This will include a friend-or-foe ID system and a GPS.

In the second phase of development, the soldiers will get upgrades in the suit itself, to protect them against external threads, including atomic radiation, chemical agents, lasers, and mines.

Yes, you can welcome your new Korean overlords, as they only want to make sure you buy their flat TVs. [Korea Times via The Raw Feed]