The remarkable piece of kit is built by defence contractors Lockheed Martin and allows users to run at 7 mph for extended periods and even has a ‘burst mode’ that takes the run into a 10 mph sprint for short periods.

On-board computers ensure the HULC moves in time with the soldier without the need for any external controls, and if the battery runs out the whole unit can be quickly thrown off and packed into a carry case.

The wearer can carry out a full range of movements including deep squats, crawls and upper-body lifting with minimal staring to muscles and joints.

The suit even supports its own weight, so a soldier wearing the HULC does not feel any extra load.