The Army's New Bionic Exoskeleton Makes Soldiers Stronger And Faster


Photo: Lockheed Martin

A heavy “ruck” is a constant concern for soldiers and Marines. Pack it too lightly and there will come a time you need something and don’t have it.Pack it too heavily and every step will become a struggle.

Lockheed Martin wants to put these concerns to rest with its new Human Universal Load Carrier, or HULC.

The HULC is a strap on exoskeleton that can literally give every soldier a bit of super-human strength.

Testing so far has been successful and the next step will be mock battlefield exercises.

The following slides outline the suits amazing features.

The HULC allows users to run at 7mph for extended periods

On board computers ensure the HULC moves in time to the soldiers body without external controls

The suit supports its own weight so the wearer feels no extra load

The HULC allows soldiers to carry up to 200 pounds for 12.4 miles on one charge

The suit is designed so that parts can be swapped out in the field

The suit is currently being tested at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Centre in Massachusetts

Commanders are assessing if the HULC helps expend less energy to a wearer than someone without it

If tests continue to go well the next stage is simulated battlefield testing

With the titanium frame, heavy load weight is transferred directly to the ground

Load carrying ability continues even when the HULC runs out of power

Lockheed engineers picture the suit being applicable to SWAT teams

It's possible the suit will also be used to load cargo and even to help the paralysed walk again

Hopefully the suit will perform better than the Army's cloud computer

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