Report: 10th Soldiers To Test Futuristic 'Exoskeleton'

Report: 10th Soldiers To Test Futuristic 'Exoskeleton'

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Soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division will be the first to test a futuristic "exoskeleton" that could make moving around the battlefield easier, the Army Times web site reports.

An "exoskeleton" is literally what it sounds like, a "skeleton" worn on the outside of the body, and powered to give the body extra strength. Think "6 Million Dollar Man," updated for the 21st century.

In this case, the exoskeleton is called "Onyx" and is built by defense contractor Lockheed Martin. The Army Times reports "developers say (it) can reduce injuries, carrying loads and help troops move around the battlefield with ease."

The device is concentrated on the lower part of a soldier's body. Testing will begin as early as this fall. The first step, expected to take six months, will concentrate on making the device fit comfortably.

(Photo from Lockheed Martin video)

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