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Soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division will be the first to test the long-awaited exoskeleton that developers say can reduce injuries, carrying loads and help troops move around the battlefield with ease.
The article goes on to state the following:
The most challenging movements of climbing, especially with a load, up stairs or mountain faces, present strain on the endurance and strength of a soldier but also put them in a position for significant injury to their back, hips or knees.
The exoskeleton allows a soldier to transfer the weight of the load from his or her frame to the device.
Army Times spoke recently with company officials about the ONYX device, which will go through phases of testing, beginning as early as this fall.
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