for sure stuart, my knees and hips still remind me of the "more kit" syndrome,but i bet theres a few ranks who cant wait to get hands on,better get the trusty black maskers out to unshine the shiny though
My first thought is the spine. Compression injuries can be a real problem when carying heavy loads over long distances. I couldn't tell from the pic whether the pack and frame were all in one or seperate.
IMO, kit like that would be a real hinderance to a soldier. What the modern soldier needs is less kit and more knowledge - IMHO.
With you there bearstone - speaking from experience the legs only take part of the strain - and I dont see those legs being much use when it comes to running or the good old dash, down crawl, observe, sights and fire of a scrap!
Not an endorsement, but if any here read the SF novel "Armor," this is moving in the "every soldier a tank" direction. Even current body armor/armour is heavy. The version that can defeat an RPG needs something beyond flesh and blood to carry it around and resist impact forces. SF writers of even ten years ago will recognize what may be in use twenty years from now -- whether it really works well or not.
The "every man a tank" concept doesn't work for me.....
It'll just result in "every rifleman a LAW gunner".
There are applications for cybernetics within the military, obviously. But I'd imagine it lies more in the direction of SF use, particularly in the CT role where the opposition will have a problem in countering the advantages of any prosthetics.
While this incarnation is quite refined, the basic idea has been around since the 50s - I've got academic textbooks with pictures of exoskeletons that were being developed by DARPA back when cybernetics was a hot topic the first time round!