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The soldiers whether he or she is in a dismounted infantry or a mission support unit,
is physically overburdened. This increases fatigue, reduces mobility and manoeuvrability, and increases the
probability of acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, ultimately weakening mission effectiveness and
Exoskeletons, designed to improve strength, endurance, and ergonomics while maintaining user safety and
reducing physical injury risk during various load tasks is a promising approach to enable Soldiers to maintain
peak performance longer. For example, the Army views "exoskeletons" as a capability to enable "Soldier
Lethality", which is among the Army's top six Modernization Priorities.
The DoD seeks innovative exoskeleton approaches to improve Warfighter performance during mobility over
uneven terrain, ergonomically challenging load tasks (awkward postures, long duration overhead work), heavy
lifting, other repetitive logistics and sustainment load tasks. Effective exoskeleton systems demonstrate the
principles of user safety, comfort, ease of use, integration with user clothing and individual mission equipment,
energy efficiency to enable long operating durations (and in some cases, fully passive systems), and low system
costs. A variety of exoskeleton systems are expected to be needed to meet DoD needs, including, but not limited
to, the following types:
1. Infantry - High mobility type capabilities focused on mobility augmentation, endurance augmentation, and injury
risk reduction. Enhances the Warfighters' ability to "Shoot, Move, Communicate, Protect, and Sustain" by
allowing Warfighters to perform tasks and reach their destination faster with greater lethality, efficiency, and with
greater physical and cognitive reserves throughout a mission.
2. Logistics/sustainment/mission support - Low or medium mobility type capabilities focused on strength and
productivity augmentation and injury risk reduction during lifting, loading, unloading, and transporting tasks. May
require compatibility with tools or other common DoD Service load interfaces.
a. Light Tasks - Assists lightweight but ergonomically challenging tasks.
b. Medium Lift and Carry - Makes individual Warfighter lifting tasks safer and more effective.
c. Heavy Lift and Carry - Exoskeleton enables multi-person load handling tasks to be carried out with a single
person (i.e. human forklift) safely. Serves as a force multiplier, creating a smaller force with greater capabilities.
3. Specialized Capability Platform - Medium mobility type capabilities to enable and reduce the physical work
effort of specific application sets (e.g. Situational Awareness, Lethality, Explosive Ordnance Disposal and other
forms of up-armor, and chemical & biological protection).
Specific Warfighter tasks of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
A. Conduct tactical movement with approach march load of 99-136 lbs
B. While wearing fighting load (75-90 lbs) walk in crouched posture, climbing stairs and crawling in a confined
C. While wearing fighting load (75-90 lbs) conduct bounding rushes (start prone, 3-5 second dash, back down to
D. Conduct up-armored door breach and close quarter battle maneuvers
E. Conduct unit resupply of Logistics Package (LOGPAC) by loading and unloading items from Light Medium
Tactical Vehicle (LMTV)
F. Conduct aircraft and/or vehicle maintenance tasks
G. Harden / improve a fighting position
H. Lift and transport (e.g. fireman's carry) 270 lb casualty a distance of 45 ft
I. Pry / remove heavy (100+ lb) obstructions to gain access to pinned-down 270 lb casualty and drag a 270 lb
casualty a distance of 45 ft to casualty collection point.
Exoskeletons proposed must align with at least 1 of the 5 exoskeleton system types above (1, 2a, 2b, 2c, or 3),
outline which of the 9 tasks Warfighter tasks above are achievable, be at a minimum Technology Readiness
Level (TRL) of "4" (TRL Descriptions: https://www.acq.osd.mil/chieftechnologist/publications/docs/TRA2011.pdf,
and provide a self-assessment of TRL with supporting data. In addition, proposers shall outline system availability
for a demonstration in the late summer 2018 timeframe. Proposed systems will also be compared with the
conventional solutions in the field and those in development to determine their technical and operational viability.
All interested firms, regardless of size are encouraged to submit a Concept Paper to NSRDEC in accordance
with NSRDEC Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Solicitation Number W911QY-15-R-0016, under topic # C16Future Warrior Technology Integration, which can be found at
Offerors shall submit concept papers that are consistent with the intent of the BAA. Instructions for the
submission of concept papers are contained in BAA Topic # C16. "Future Warrior Technology Integration."
Proprietary information will not be disclosed outside the U.S. Government. Nothing shall be construed herein or
through the RFI process to commit or obligate the Government to further action as a result of this RFI. Firms
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