Sputnik International reports that Exo Solutions in “…Russia plans to test exoskeletons that can help military crews handle artillery shells.” According to Maksim Skokov, general manager of Exo Solutions, a Russian company that develops this type of equipment.
The Exoskeleton Report (ExR) has no knowledge of Exo Solutions or its work in the field of exoskeletons. Sputnik International further claims that Exo Solutions will conduct trials by the end of this calendar year at a proving ground to evaluate the wearable for handling artillery shells.
The in Sputnik is likely a response to exoskeleton testing with the 101st Airborne in the United States going public: SABER Brings Mass Adoption of Military Exoskeletons Closer to Reality (August 2022).
The Russian exoskeleton for handling artillery shells could be a modified version of the one allegedly used in Syria for mine clearance. If so, the exo is a product of Rostec State Corporation in conjunction with:
- Mechanics Research Institute, with Head of General Mechanics Laboratory Vladimir Budanov.
- TSNIITochMash (the Central Research Institute for Precision Machine Building), a subsidiary of Rostec.
Based on previous announcements of Russian military exoskeletons, the artillery shell-handling exoskeleton in question will likely be a powered lower-body exoskeleton that could make it easier for soldiers to walk while carrying heavy objects.
Why use an exoskeleton?
The tragic conflict in Ukraine demonstrated the importance of quickly setting up an artillery position, firing, dismantling everything and moving away from the area. The days of the static artillery camps of the Vietnam War are over. This puts tremendous pressure and stress on the body of the soldiers. Thus, a gunner can sustain a musculoskeletal injury and be knocked out without being in a direct firefight. Wearable sensors that beep and vibrate to remind soldiers to lift “better” are unlikely to be a solution when overloaded. Field guns and their ammunition weigh considerably. A portable device that physically helps lift and/or move with soldiers makes sense.
Featured image (top of post): Sputnik World, Image credit: Evgeny Odinokov, August 28, 2021, link
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