Bill is a genetic freak who is far stronger and more durable than any person should be. Bill absolutely dominated the sports scene in highschool and college, and has become somewhat of a celebrity. Now he's turned down various sports recruiters in order to fulfill his lifelong dream of joining the US military and killing foreigners. He easily managed to join the Marines and is currently training to be sent to Iraq. The military intends to make Bill a posterboy in order to draw in new recruits (if it weren't for his celebrity status the CIA would simply kidnap him and dissect him to see how his biology worked), and as such is willing to spend quite a bit of money on R&D to provide him with personalized combat equipment that takes advantage of his incredible strength.
- 5x muscle strength
- 5x more durable body tissues
- Enhanced stamina (so long as he doesn't overheat)
- Height and size of a regular person, but around 1.3x as dense
- Enlarged lungs
- High blood cell count
- High blood pressure
The bottom 4 stats are all 'side-effects' of needing to feed Bill's incredibly energy-hungry muscles. He doesn't feel any negative effects from the thick blood, high blood pressure, and high heart rate, as his heart can pump with incredible force and his circulatory system can maintain much higher pressures.
With these improvements, Bill can carry much more weight than the average soldier and can run incredibly quickly, all while feeling less strain. The one downside to his abilities is that while exerting himself, Bill is much more prone to heatstroke than the average person, as his muscles output a lot of heat while working. He also eats and drinks much more than most people, but so long as he isn't stranded in the field for a long time, that's a non-issue.
- The location is the US
- The R&D costs can't be more than 5 million USD (i.e no carbon nanotubing or exoskeletons or fancy stuff like that)
- The equipment will be worn in Iraq (i.e in heat and sand)
- The objective of the equipment is the same as for any Marine (i.e protecting the soldier while allowing them to be effective in combat)
With these specifications in mind, what gear does Bill wear when in active combat? I don't care about the aesthetics of the design, but rather the practical features of it. Keep in mind the military simultaneously wants to make him a force to be reckoned with, while still keeping him as safe as possible. That means you can't just strap an LMG to each arm and call it a day, or cover him in 500kg of bulky steel plating and say that's good enough.
What I would expect
I imagine the basics of what he will be provided are: denser and thicker armor, stronger fabrics that won't tear easily, a larger backpack, a heavier gun with more firepower, and some system or material that helps keep Bill cool. Beyond that, I don't know enough about the topic to be sure what to expect, or how his strength could best be leveraged.