Anchors are small, self-drilling machines used by Elite Task Forces when climbing or descending a vertical surface. The machine is encased in a small square of titanium and, once deployed, immediately burns and/or drills its way to a load-bearing structure. Titanium teeth sprout from the edges of the square to form a metal star. The teeth dig into the anchor’s surroundings and provide complete support for a soldier’s ascent or descent.

Titanium-weave cable is most often used to tether a soldier to the anchor.