The Lockheed company has managed to impress the US Army in its development of the Human Universal Load Carrier exoskeleton.  According to wired.com, the “HULC adds an artificial, external spine, hips, legs, and the aforementioned pivoting arm to a soldier’s flesh and bones.”  The exoskeleton will allow soldiers to carry more, and for longer durations of time.

The world of soldiers in some sort of Iron Man-like suit might be closer than you think.  Marvel’s most recent movie The Avengers shows off Iron Man exterminating aliens with ease.  Tony Stark, the man behind Iron Man, was able to multiply his strength by an unfathomable amount while piloting his suit.

The Lockheed company has managed to impress the US Army in its development of the Human Universal Load Carrier exoskeleton.  According to wired.com, the “HULC adds an artificial, external spine, hips, legs, and the aforementioned pivoting arm to a soldier’s flesh and bones.”  The exoskeleton will allow soldiers to carry more, and for longer durations of time.

HULC is nothing compared to the cinematic awesomeness of Iron Man, but it definitely provides for greater possibilities for soldiers on the front line.  If a current soldier can reduce his stamina usage and cover more grounds than prior generations of soldiers then the HULC is as significant of an invention as the wheel (okay, not really—but, you get my jist). 

Test deployment of the HULC is expected to happen as early as September, and if everything goes well the HULC may be deployed to war zones such as Afghanistan.

 

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