Soldiers and tactical unit police officers often have a lot of heavy gear to carry, including the ballistic body armor that they’re wearing. That’s where the ExoM Up-Armoured Exoskeleton is intended to come in, as it’s load-reducing and bulletproof.
The exoskeleton is manufactured by German company Mehler Protection, which designed the product in collaboration with Canadian biomechanics tech company Mawashi Science & Technology, and French tactical police force GIGN (Groupe d’Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale).
Body armor panels throughout the full-body exoskeleton provide ballistic protection up to the European standard of VPAM 8. This means that they can withstand being hit by three 7.62 × 39-mm rounds (which AK-47 rifles use) fired from a distance of approximately 10 meters (33 ft).
Additionally, the exoskeleton’s titanium frame reportedly redistributes as much as 70% of the overall load from the wearer’s shoulders down to the ground. At the same time, the ExoM’s flexible spine, sliding waist belt and articulated hip, knee, and ankle joints are claimed to ensure that the wearer retains up to 99% of their usual range of motion.
Finally, because the ExoM is a passive exoskeleton (meaning it doesn’t utilize any motorized actuators), it doesn’t have any batteries that add weight or require charging – the latter could definitely prove challenging in remote locations, or on long missions.
We’re still waiting to hear back from Mehler regarding information such as the type of ballistic material utilized, and the setup’s total weight.
You can see the ExoM Up-Armoured Exoskeleton in use, in the video below.
ExoM Up-Armoured Exoskeleton
Source: Mehler Protection
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