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CANSEC 18 – Mawashi Participates In NATO Integration of the Exoskeleton on the Battlefield Project

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Last year we wrote about Mawashi’s UPRISE Tactical Exoskeleton. Once again this year, they exhibited with Logistik Unicorp, and they offered us an update on their project.

Along with other exoskeleton manufacturers, they were invited to participate in the NATO Integration of the Exoskeleton on the Battlefield Project.

As part of this project, Mawashi’s UPRISE Tactical Exoskeleton was trialed while worn under an EOD Suit during the second workshop held in the Quartier Maj Housiau Military Base in Peutie, Vilvoorde, Belgium on 6-8 March 2018.

This project is sponsored through NATO’s Defence against Terrorism Program of Work (DAT POW). The initial workshop held in Tren?ín, Slovakia, set the general framework to draft the Minimum Military Requirements (MMR) for Exoskeletons in support of EOD operators and highlighted the initial requirements and issues for their integration in EOD operations.

The aim of the second workshop was to investigate and prove how the Exoskeleton Technology currently available in the market may apply direct assistance to the EOD operations and how it can support and enhance the EOD team mobility, endurance, precision on target and increase the payload capacity. During the workshop, MMR were reviewed and two live trials were executed, when EOD teams conducted IEDD and CMD action using Exoskeleton Technologies.

This Successful Event ended at the NATO HQ, where the concept of the project as well as current achievements were presented during the meeting of National Armament Directors Representatives.

NATO’s Communications and Information (NCI) Agency produced this video.

Mawashi has conducted further NATO experimentation, including a Live Demonstration for the NATO Army Armaments Group (NAAG) Land Capability Group on Dismounted Soldier Systems (LCGDSS), on the Marine Corps Load Effects Assessment Program (MC-LEAP) Obstacle Course. Details can be found at www.eodcoe.org/en/news/nova-web-stranka-2

Mawashi UPRISE Exoskeleton

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Last year we introduced the Mawashi UPRISE Exoskeleton to you. It’s an human powered system, designed to reduce injuries and fatigue.

This video shows Mawashi personnel demonstrating the Exoskeleton in various Simulated Training and Operational Environments, including:

·         Gait Kinematics Analysis in Biomechanical Laboratory
·         Obstacle Course Training
·         Close-Quarter Combat (CQC) / Close-Quarter Battle (CQB)
·         Tactical Urban Rappelling
·         Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Environment
·         Amphibious Assault with Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRC)
·         Stealth Amphibious Operations with Closed-Circuit Rebreather
·         Scouting & Patrolling in Woodland Environment
·         Rapid Mobile Assault with Lightweight Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (LTATV)
·         Long-Range Sniper Reconnaissance & Infiltration with Ghillie Suit
·         Tactical Mountain Rappelling
·         Emergency Exfiltration under Heavy Mortar Fire
·         Open Ground Firefight with Assault Rifle

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Mawashi – UPRISE Tactical Exoskeleton

Monday, July 24th, 2017

While the UPRISE™ Tactical Exoskeleton has popped up in various future soldier system program demonstrations, it was officially unveiled to the market at an offsite during SOFIC. I got a good look at it not long after, while attending CANSEC in Ottawa, Canada, in late May.

There are a whole slew of companies developing wearable robotics, or as they are more popularly known, exoskeletons. Mawashi says that Exoskeletons are a disruptive technology because they are impacting multiple industries simultaneously. Some of the systems have been created specifically for defense use. Of these, the vast majority are powered, which is crucial to the ability to lift heavy weights, such as a Power Loader taking the place of a forklift. However, that reliance on power can also be a weakness, for some applications. For example, no one wants to run out of power, midway through a mission. What makes Canadian firm Mawashi’s solution different is that it is human powered. Designed to reduce skeletal muscular injuries, UPRISE™ is an acronym for Ultralight Passive Ruggedized Integrated Soldier Exoskeleton.

Starting load carriage studies in 2005, Mawashi’s engineers investigated how the human body bears weight, in particular they looked at the severely overweight (300-700 lbs), especially Sumo wrestlers, who remain active despite their girth. Interestingly, the name Mawashi comes from the loincloth worn by the Sumo.

What Alain Bujold, President and Chief Technology Officer of Mawashi, and his team found, is that the body can bear an amazing amount of its own weight because of how it is distributed. They surmised that a load is a load; a pound, a pound, whether it’s fat or Mission Equipment.

UPRISE™ mimics the human form, with a flexible spine and sliding belt which combine to offer a great deal of freedom of movement. The exoskeleton is padded and fit is fine tuned via Boa dial at several locations on the legs.

The Harness also integrates with body armor as well as other loads such as packs. Additionally, they’ve demonstrated that gear normally worn on the War Belt, such as holsters, can be attached to the exoskeleton. No matter what is attached to the system, the entire weight of the exoskeleton is borne by a plate which is inserted like an insole into the wearer’s footwear. In fact, UPRISE™ transfers 50-80% of the wearer’s load right to the ground. Mawashi intends it for use on three to seven day missions.

Development continues. So far, the work has concentrated on the major load bearing structures of back and lower extremities, Mawashi plans to increase coverage. While UPRISE™ won’t make you run faster, and won’t give you super human strength, it will make you less fatigued, and it will help protect your lower joints.

They recently produced this video entitled, “WE ARE MAWASHI: The Rise of The Exoskeleton” which showcases the technology.


WE ARE MAWASHI: The Rise of the Exoskeleton from Mawashi Science & Technology on Vimeo.

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