Military Exoskeleton

Discussion in 'The Front Room' started by TedTheDog, Jan 21, 2004.

  1. TedTheDog

    TedTheDog Fred's & Barry's co-founder

    I'm reading in my Janes defence weekly that the yanks are developing a "strap on exoskeleton" that allows troops to carry heavier loads for longer without being exhausted by it.
    Current heaviest combat loadouts peak at about 55 - 60kg and thats pretty fucking tiring to hump up a mountain I'd guess.
    So this thing is being developed to act as a load bearing wearable robot. Straps onto the back and "lower body" and it follows the users movements using sensors in it and under the feet of the wearer.
    Its powered by a propane or petrol engine (some how, they dont go into detail obviously), but will eventually run on JP-8 aviation fuel and can run for upto 24hours on a single tank of fuel.

    One suggested use of it is to allow soldiers to wear far heavier body armour when fighting in cities. They say "its not intended to create a superhuman killing machine", its purely for carrying addition weight. "..more than 100kg.." even up a mountain.

    The prototype is expected to start trials in 2005 and should be in full service within 5 years after that.

    Man, thats just SO Sci-Fi.......
  2. Brynn

    Brynn Can't get enough of FH

    Like the Yellow power loader in Aliens?
  3. TedTheDog

    TedTheDog Fred's & Barry's co-founder

    Thats the thing that popped into my head too.
  4. dysfunction

    dysfunction FH is my second home

    Or like those things in Matrix Revolutions...except that they were used primarily as a weapon.
  5. xane

    xane Fledgling Freddie

  6. Frizz

    Frizz Can't get enough of FH

    Hmmm, sounds like a small step towards piloting a Wanzer from the Front Mission series. :)
  7. worMatty

    worMatty One of Freddy's beloved

    Unreal 2, anyone?

    The Americans are messing with energy shields too, aren't they? That set off missiles before they reach their targets by using waves and stuff?
  8. Loxleyhood

    Loxleyhood Fledgling Freddie

    Just another thing British forces cannot afford.
  9. babs

    babs Can't get enough of FH

    Personally I liked the sound of the nano-paint for tanks that could render them invisible :)
  10. Sharma

    Sharma Can't get enough of FH

    Heh, all this stuff that you saw in Sci-fi movies a while back is all starting to come into the world of reality, of course they SAY its not going to make superhuman killing machines, of course maybe not that but they can perhaps make soldiers much much much more harder to kill in warfare due to masses of armour, sounds like something from PS tbh...

    <imagines something resembling MAX's blowing the shit out of things>

    What an odd thought... :eek7:
  11. xane

    xane Fledgling Freddie

    I think Skynet comes online next month ...
  12. jaba

    jaba Fledgling Freddie

    no microsoft said it wont be ready for at least another few months
  13. Jonaldo

    Jonaldo Can't get enough of FH

    I've almost finished my first lightsabre, will be on ebay early next month.
  14. Uncle Sick

    Uncle Sick One of Freddy's beloved

    Well, Jules Verne predicted submarines, the H-bomb and other now common gadgets over a hundred years ago. I think alot of majiggers sci-fi authors describe in their books inspire weapons designers. Who knows.

    Laser rifles and drop ships next, gentlemen.
  15. RandomBastard

    RandomBastard Can't get enough of FH

    Exoskeletons are popular in lots of scifi things so there bound to influence real world inventers. Other than military applications tho, there are things like using it as a kinda of work tool like a fork lift, welder, things etc. Oh and it could be use for paralysed people with an appropriate interface.
  16. worMatty

    worMatty One of Freddy's beloved

    #1939398 Error in RPC handling in Skynet
    A bug has been found that could potentially let attackers execute code on your system. For example, an attacker could create, edit, delete and copy files and control Weapons of Mass Destruction...
  17. Scooba da Bass

    Scooba da Bass Fledgling Freddie

    I for one welcome our new overlord, Stephen Hawkin.
  18. Uncle Sick

    Uncle Sick One of Freddy's beloved

    He will exact bloody revenge on the guy who left him out in the sun.
  19. Bullitt

    Bullitt One of Freddy's beloved

    Sweet, explody robot soldiers!
  20. .Wilier.

    .Wilier. One of Freddy's beloved

    Erm, scary explosive stuff there. :(
  21. Cyradix

    Cyradix FH is my second home

    My ISP :
  22. raw

    raw Can't get enough of FH

    cool, i guess soon we'll be able to buy hover boards like out of back to the future 2 :D
  23. Jupitus

    Jupitus Old and short, no wonder I'm grumpy! Staff member Moderator FH Subscriber

    When did that ever stop them releasing software ? ;)

    Oh, and Ted? OLD!!! :p
  24. xane

    xane Fledgling Freddie

    OMG ! The ultimate destroyer - Skynet AND Belgium :)
  25. Insane

    Insane Wait... whatwhat?

    When i think of exoskeletons, i somehow come up with this...


    nobody else suddenly think of Battletech? :eek6:

    and as dys said, the Matrix APU
    (photo gloriously stolen from
  26. Dubbs

    Dubbs Fledgling Freddie

    Am I being bl**dy stupid or why can't they just make the loads that are required lighter? It must be cheaper to develop lighter materials and/or produce more carbon fibre based products for lightness?

    The soldier is bound to end up less manoeuverable, a larger target, and limited vision, speed, etc.,

    Imagine if his exo-skeleton has been disable somehow (without him being turned into a human firework) and he needs to run for cover.... no chance when his 70kg pack and 150kg Exo are suddenly helpless and he's strapped in for the ride.
  27. Deadmanwalking

    Deadmanwalking Fledgling Freddie

    The type or troops that have to carry such large weights are special forces or specialist troops.

    All the stuff they carry is deemed needed. They travel 'light' as it were in order to cut down on the weight carried, but what they do carry is what is needed to allow them to do the job and do it well. And in most cases they carry most of the weight while not in direct combat.

    The modern soldier is even now very far removed from even WW2 soldiers. What with the new HUDs and computers allowing a single soldier to direct immense amounts of firepower, well beyond what they could manage before.
  28. TdC

    TdC Trem's hunky sex love muffin Staff member Moderator

    and me. I shouted "GET AWAY FROM HER YOU BITCH!!!!" and scared a cow-worker into spilling his coffee.
  29. DaGaffer

    DaGaffer Down With That Sorta Thing

    Power armour was predicted by Robert Heinlein in the 50s (the original Starship Troopers novel fact fans). Of course, his version was nuclear-powered and troops could leap tall buildings with it. Somehow a petrol-powered version just doesn't seem right. Aren't the bad guys going to hear these clanking mechanoids from miles away?
  30. Deadmanwalking

    Deadmanwalking Fledgling Freddie

    I think it is more for moving the troops and equipment needed to places usually reserved for choppers or parachuting. IE A bloody big mountain, that only the lightest troops can get up.

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