A new robotic exoskeleton developed by Lockheed Martin will help soldiers carry loads of up to 200 pounds for extended periods of time with minimal effort.
The HULC exoskeleton is self-powered and allows a soldier flexibility for upper-body lifting and fluid movement.
It transfers the weight from heavy loads to the ground through battery-powered, titanium "legs" that attach behind the soldier's legs. An builtin micro-computer ensures the exoskeleton moves in sync with human body.
Without batteries, the exoskeleton weights 53 pounds. There are several optional attachments, including a front-loading SWAT shield, a front-loading brace for lifting heavy objects and a foldable kit to lift and carry wounded personnel.
The concept was created by Berkeley Bionics of California, and though an exclusive licensing agreement, Lockheed Martin will advance the HULC's development.