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Russia, U.S. Are In a Military Exoskeleton Race

Current exoskeleton technology is lacking in many key areas that prevent its practicality, but some areas have enabled its effective use in limited areas. A report on the topic notes that “The current state of technology still does not have sufficient power to manage the intense load-carrying capacity that the SOCOM TALOS suit concept requires…and development is needed before full-body exoskeletons will be feasible for infantry combat away from a reliable power source. Still, these advances represent a major step forward in the necessary technology for dismounted soldier exoskeletons.” While size and power constraints are hindering the realization of militaries’ most ambitious Iron Man dreams, more modest exoskeleton suits are moving closer to real-world use. The U.S.Army is experimenting with two exoskeleton designs at the Natick Soldier Systems Center in Massachusetts. These won’t protect soldiers from enemy fire but they will help soldiers carry more stuff for longer. And they’ll likely be on the battlefield far sooner.”

Source: Russia, U.S. Are In a Military Exoskeleton Race – Nextgov

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