I have been mulling over what my take on Tomorrows War infantry would would look like and using some online resources ( pimp my gun is one, google it and you will be amazed) I have put together some rough initial images of my take on the infantryman of tomorrow, maybe not as far in the future as 2300 but who knows?
These guys have a composite armor made up of hard plates of light ballistic carbon weave over a flexible smart fabric suit. The helmet incorporates night vision, targeting and tactical overlay into the visor. Mounted on the side is a HD video camera recording and steaming video back to the battalion command net. Boots are reinforced with impact sensors that activate bracing and leg protection in the event of a mine explosion. Magazines for the 4mm gauss rifle are stored in the chest rig clipped to the rigid breastplate, other pouches can be added as needed. Eight liters of water are carried in a bladder underneath the rear plating of the armor in the middle of the back and delivered through a hose to the helmet.
This setup is designed to provide the best compromise between mobility and protection defeating most shrapnel, small arms rounds at medium or greater range and ensuring the best possible survival in the event of a mine detonation. Modern high velocity gauss flechettes from around 4mm and greater will penetrate the rigid armor at close range and the flexible gaps at medium range. Bigger rounds such as the 7mm and 14mm will punch through at greater ranges and are best avoided if possible.
14mm Gauss AMR-