The Russian military has field tested a miitary exoskeleton in Syria, according to Sergei Smaglyuk, president “GB Inzhiniring,” which developed the suit along with TsNIITochMash, RIA Novosti reported on January 23.
The carbon fiber and metal suit allows a service member to carry up to 70kg of equipment, like an automatic grenade launcher or a 82mm mortar, at long distances without fatigue. The same capabilities allow soldiers using the suit to evacuate wounded people in disasters and to march much further without getting tired.
Smaglyuk revealed that the exoskeleton had been developed at request from the Russian Engineer Troops for operators of robotic complexes as well as service members of assault engineer-sapper battalions. Russian forces already used the exoskeleton in Syria. According to Smaglyuk, an operator of the Uran-6 mine-clearing robot was carrying its 35-kg control station for 9 hours and was not tired.
The developed exoskeleton also includes modifications for special operations forces service members: a mechanizm allowing an emergency release of cargo and a backpack with 700 bullets and ammunition feed.
GB Inzhiniring is currently developing variants to improve the exoskeleton. In the future, it will be included into future battle suit of the Russian military.