In its current state, the 10-kg (22 lb.) lower body suit enables soldiers to carry heavy loads and move at speeds of up to 6 km/h (3.7 mph), an official said. Powered by a lithium battery module, the suit can last more than six hours once fully charged.
The suit was developed by National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCIST), one of Taiwan's top weapon makers, with the goal of improving the troops' efficiency on the battlefield and reducing physical fatigue in post-disaster rescue and relief missions.
According to a budget proposal submitted by Taiwan's defence ministry, the military-use powered exoskeleton suit is part of a four-year NT$158 million ($5.67 million) project running from 2020-2023.