The Ministry of Defence has invested £1.1m ina new state-of-the-art robotic mannequin that will test protective suits andequipment for the UK’s Armed Forces.
The “Porton Man”, named after the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, based in Porton Down in Wiltshire, is able to walk, march, run, sit, kneel and can even lift its arms to sight a weapon like an infantry soldier.
More than a hundred sensors all over the body record data during tests enabling scientists to carry out real-time analysis on equipment such as chemical and biological suits in a realistic but secure environment.
Mannequins have been used by Dstl in the past, but this animatronic version, which is designed and built by a British company, is unique to the UK.
In towns and cities across the South people will gather today to mark Armed Forces Day . As well as raising awareness of the contribution made by the armed forces it also gives people a chance to thank the men and women who serve their country and their families.
Around 11,000 British troops based in Germany will return home by 2016 under plans which will see nearly £2 billion invested in Army housing and bases, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond will announce today.
Under the speeded-up withdrawal, the remaining 4,500 troops will be back in the UK by 2019, a year earlier than planned.
Around £1bn of the funding being announced today will go towards 1,900 new houses for service families and accommodation for 7,800 single soldiers.
Another £800 million will be spent on infrastructure and refurbishment of bases.
The Government hopes the plans will mean more cash is ploughed back into the British, rather than German, economy as well as creating new construction jobs in the UK.
Savings of around £240 million a year are also expected to be made through reductions in operating costs.
Their lives and their bodies have been shattered but fighting spirit remains - now wounded servicemen and women are looking to the future with confidence. Soldiers, disabled in battle, will get the most up to date artificial limbs available. Charlotte Wilkins reports.
Around 160 individuals who were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, will benefit from Government funds for the most up-to-date prosthetic limbs available.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: "One of this Government's top priorities has always been to give our troops the best possible care and support."
Mr Hammond said he was "delighted" to announce funds of £6.5 million which will be used to ensure UK servicemen and veterans injured in Afghanistan or Iraq have the opportunity to "upgrade to the most technologically advanced prosthetics currently available."