Sarcos Defense Announces Availability of World’s First Compact and Portable Rapid-Deployment Battery-Powered Pneumatic Heavy-Lift System for Recovery, Rescue, and Field Service Missions

Today, Sarcos Defense, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sarcos Robotics, announced commercial availability of the Guardian® Heavy-Lift System (HLS).

The Guardian HLS is a first-of-its-kind man-packable pneumatic heavy-lift system designed to quickly and efficiently lift objects weighing up to 45,000 pounds with a single system.

It can also be combined with multiple systems to lift larger amounts.

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The Guardian HLS is comprised of a unique, single battery-powered pneumatic compressor, together with two proprietary, re-usable airbags made from durable Dyneema® fiber, enabling the safe and stable lift of substantial military assets including land vehicles, machinery, and fuel tanks. The rapid-deploy system is capable of lifting a Class 2 commercial vehicle in less than one minute and enables quicker recovery, repair, and servicing missions in the field.

Sarcos Defense worked with Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to produce the Guardian HLS—a system that would be faster, lighter, and more stable than other alternatives while eliminating the need to carry high-pressure air canisters and enabling a lift capacity of more than twice the current maximum.

“The Guardian HLS is a great example of the successful commercialization of a product that meets a critical military need thanks to the funding and collaboration made possible by the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research Program,” said Dr. Alok Das, Senior Scientist at AFRL’s Center for Rapid Innovation. “It is gratifying to see our innovation efforts result in products that will better equip our community to complete recovery, rescue, and maintenance missions faster and more safely than they could before.”

The Guardian HLS has been extensively field-tested and deployed in harsh environments around the world and is now available for purchase by military and public safety organizations to support asset recovery, emergency response, and field maintenance operations. For more information on Sarcos Defense and the Guardian HLS, please visit or

About Sarcos Defense

Sarcos Defense, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sarcos Robotics, a global leader in advanced robotics and other electro-mechanical systems designed to save lives and prevent injury. Sarcos Defense is led by an agile team of proven retired U.S. military officers who understand the current and future threat environment and are uniquely equipped to deliver solutions that meet the needs of the modern military. Working with the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal and international government agencies, Sarcos Defense identifies capability gaps and undertakes research and development efforts, as well as rapid systems integration, to transform Sarcos’ commercial products into specialized, mission-ready solutions that meet the specified requirements.

Dyneema® is a registered trademark of DSM Protective Materials Inc.

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