Russia has created a combat exoskeleton equipped with engines.
The first prototype of a combat exoskeleton equipped with electric motors, which can be part of the equipment of a soldier of the future, was created in Russia, the Rostec state Corporation told RIA Novosti at the Army-2021 forum.
The latest exoskeleton works in two modes. In active mode, the physical capabilities of a person are enhanced by servos — gearless electric motors powered by batteries. This mode is activated when the soldier moves over rough terrain or mountains. In passive mode, the exoskeleton is designed to move on a horizontal surface with a load.
"An exoskeleton that we are creating together with our colleagues from the MSU Mechanics Research Institute. It reduces the load on the musculoskeletal system by 50%, energy costs when running and walking — by 15 percent, allows you to carry up to 60 kilograms of cargo and shoot automatic weapons 20 percent more accurately" – Bekhan Ozdoev, industrial Director of the Rostec cluster of weapons, ammunition and special chemicals said.
The exoskeleton servos are equipped with positional sensors, as well as pressure sensors in the feet, due to which the exoskeleton adapts to human characteristics, does not restrict movement and allows you to move intuitively.
The development was presented to the general public at the Rostec demo center at the Army-2021 forum. The system is being developed jointly by Tsniitochmash (part of Rostec) and the Research Institute of Mechanics.
According to Vladimir Budanov, Head of the General Mechanics Laboratory at the Lomonosov Moscow State University Research Institute of Mechanics, the use of gearless motors allows the exoskeleton to be used both in active and passive mode.
"We also intend to introduce composite elements into the design of the exoskeleton, focus on improving the batteries and control system" – the specialist added.