Lockheed Martin FORTIS Helping US Navy

Lockheed Martin has created a high-tech exoskeleton that the US Navy is set to put through a trial.

Two FORTIS exoskeletons will be tested for their strength-boosting capability. Designed for industrial usage, the technology will assist wearers in the carrying of heavy loads. The lightweight unpowered option helps bear the mass by using the ground, therefore lending endurance.

The company hopes that it will be able to develop the technology even further, so that it can be used at Navy shipyards, where numerous heavy equipment are required for maintenance.

"By wearing the FORTIS exoskeleton, operators can hold the weight of those heavy tools for extended periods of time with reduced fatigue," stated Adam Mill, director of new initiatives at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.