Military Matters: Soldiers testing exoskeleton to help save their energy

(WTVM) - Soldiers in one Army unit will start testing an exoskeleton that could change the way troops move around the battlefield.

Soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division will be the first to test the new equipment, which was developed by Lockheed Martin.

Developers say the exoskeleton can help soldiers with challenging movements, like climbing mountains.

Soldiers can even transfer any extra weight over to the exoskeleton to give their bodies a break.

The ultimate goal is to save soldiers' energy and prevent injuries sustained from being out in the field.

Researchers will watch how the first round of soldiers test this equipment before making any changes and then later handing it out to others.

Officials estimate that the device could be ready for fielding as early as 2021.

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