Personal Warfighter Technologies

May 18, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
The FORTIS K-SRD supports warfighters’ legs and boosts knee capacity, enabling them to travel longer distances while carrying heavy equipment.

A new computer-controlled exoskeleton is now available to help warfighters carry heavy equipment in physically challenging environments. The FORTIS Knee Stress Release Device (K-SRD) features military-specification batteries approved for infantry use, improved control box ergonomics and faster actuators that generate more torque.

Using Dermoskeleton bionic augmentation technology developed by B-Temia Incorporated, the device increases leg capacity for tasks that require repetitive or continuous kneeling, squatting, lifting, dragging, carrying or climbing with heavy loads.

February 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine


The U.S. Army moved closer to deploying flexible display technology to the battlefield after field tests of the capability during the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance On the Move exercise last year. Flexible displays offer several advantages to warfighters, including less fragility than traditional screens.

February 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine


Master Sgt. Robert Bean, USAF, inspects the wireless pulse oximetry sensor, which is part of the Battlefield Automatic Life Status Monitor (BALSM) headband in his helmet. In addition to measuring the amount of oxygen in the blood, the BALSM headband estimates heart rate and respiration.

February 2011
By George I. Seffers


A U.S. Army soldier works with the XM156 unmanned aerial system, a platoon-level asset that provides the dismounted soldier with reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition capabilities.

Modernization efforts increase situational awareness at platoon and squad levels.