Singapore Army testing titanium exoskeleton from Mawashi Science and Technology
The Singapore Army is testing an exoskeleton designed by Mawashi Science and Technology, a Canadian defense innovation company, Ashley Tan reports on Mothership: the Singapore Army is "constantly looking for ways to enhance the performance of our soldiers", the Singapore MoD stated, and the exoskeleton technology is on example the Centre of Excellence for Soldier Performance (CESP) is currently studying.
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Ultralight Passive Ruggedised Integrated Soldier Exoskeleton (UPRISE) tactical exoskeleton (Picture source: Mawashi Science and Technology)
The exoskeleton designed by Mawashi Science and Technology is called the Ultralight Passive Ruggedised Integrated Soldier Exoskeleton (UPRISE) Tactical Exoskeleton. The UPRISE is a passive system without batteries, consisting of a flexible spine, sliding belt, and fully articulated legs. It is made of titanium and boasts an "ultralight design" which does not hamper the soldier's mobility.
As usual with exoskeletons, UPRISE helps reduce the burden of equipment and heavy loads that soldiers carry, by transferring 50 to 80 percent of the load carried on the shoulders to the ground. Aside from reducing musculoskeletal stress when soldiers carry heavy loads, it also reduces the discomfort experienced.
However, it is unlikely that UPRISE will be distributed to all soldiers here as a standard-issue item.
Ultralight Passive Ruggedised Integrated Soldier Exoskeleton (UPRISE) tactical exoskeleton (Picture source: Singapore Armed Forces)