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Singapore Airshow 2018: ST Kinetics expands ARIELE capabilities

09 February 2018

Singapore Technologies (ST) Kinetics has taken the opportunity at the Singapore Airshow 2018 exhibition being held from 6 to 11 February to showcase new updates for its ongoing Army Individual Eco-Lightweight Equipment (ARIELE) soldier system programme.

The company has introduced the Exosuit, which is an unpowered, lightweight exoskeleton that is designed to enable troops to carry heavier loads over longer distances with reduced fatigue, while improving safety. According to a spokesperson from the Soldier Systems Development Group, the Exosuit can support up to 80% of the soldier’s load in standing or kneeling positions by transferring weight through the exoskeleton to the ground, and exploits the kinetic energy generated by its wearer to maintain optimal mobility.

New capabilities for the Army Individual Eco-Lightweight Equipment ensemble include the Exosuit, which is designed to transfer up to 80% of a soldier’s load to the ground for reduced fatigue. (IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong)New capabilities for the Army Individual Eco-Lightweight Equipment ensemble include the Exosuit, which is designed to transfer up to 80% of a soldier’s load to the ground for reduced fatigue. (IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong)

"Because its ergonomic design moves naturally with the body and allows operators to maintain flexibility, the soldier is not encumbered by the exoskeleton,” the spokesperson explained to Jane’s . “We have tested the Exosuit in real-world scenarios that range from walking to combat movements and found no degradation in locomotive or reflex performance.”

“However, because the Exosuit works best when it maintains consistently in contact with the ground, it is not as effective in certain activities such as running when the legs are rapidly elevated and lowered,” he added. “As a result, the equipment is most beneficial for the soldier when conducting extended marches or patrols.”

The company has also introduced the Soldier Enhanced Sensing Equipment (SENSE) system, a real-time health-tracking device which monitors the soldier’s vital signs such as heart and respiratory rate, stress levels (via galvanic skin response), as well as skin temperature. It is designed to detect the onset of training exhaustion and relay this information to a wearable smart interface carried by a squad leader or force commander. SENSE also stores the data for post-mission analysis, which provides an opportunity to improve training regimes.

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