Raytheon has completed development of its second-gen combat Exoskeleton, which is significantly lighter, faster and stronger than its predecessor.
"XOS 1 was essentially a proof of concept," explained Raytheon Sarcos VP Dr. Fraser M. Smith.
"With XOS 2, we targeted power consumption and looked for ways to use the hydraulic energy more efficiently. That's resulted in us being able to add capabilities while significantly reducing energy consumption (by up to 50%)."
Powered by high-pressure hydraulics, the XOS 2 allows users to easily lift 200 pounds several hundred times without tiring and repeatedly punch through three inches of wood.
Yet, the suit is also agile and graceful enough to let its wearer kick a soccer ball, punch a speed bag or climb stairs and ramps with ease.
"One operator in an exoskeleton suit can do the work of two to three soldiers, allowing military personnel to be reassigned to more strategic tasks.
"[So], getting exoskeletons deployed is inevitable in my view. They are desperately needed and with a sustained commitment, could be in place within five years," he added.