Good old science fiction. So often predicting what is to come in the future. If you’ve seen Aliens you might be familiar with a certain famous movie quote that involves Ripley, an oversized exoskeleton and a nasty looking queen. Attempts at creating real-world exoskeletons have been made before, but they’ve always been a tad cumbersome. Technology has advanced and so has the concept.
Extended missions in the field require lots of gear and all that gear can weigh quite a bit. Soldiers are often expected to carry up to 120 lbs of equipment through rough terrain. Over the course of several days, this can become exhausting and lead to less than optimal performance.