01 Jun '18, 11pm

Army Tests Mechanical 'Third Arm' to Ease Weapon Weight

Army Tests Mechanical 'Third Arm' to Ease Weapon Weight

Army Research Lab engineers released a video recently showing a soldier running, diving and handling weapons attached to a prototype mechanical arm designed to help reduce the felt weight of carbines and machine guns. The "third arm" is essentially a multi-joint, stabilizing appendage that attaches to the weapon and the soldier's waist belt to take the weight off the service member's arms and distribute it more evenly on the body, Dan Baechle, ARL mechanical engineer, said in a recent Army press release. "It can help stabilize the weapon and take the load off of their arms," Baechle said. "It's made from composite materials to make it as light as possible but also to ensure the range of motion that soldiers need," he said. During a recent test, a soldier wore the four-pound third arm while aggressively moving with an M4 -style weapon at the Military Operations in Urban Ter...

Full article: https://www.military.com/kitup/2018/06/01/army-tests-mech...

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