The Ratnik gear comprises more than 40 components, including firearms, body armor, and optical, communication and navigation devices, as well as life support and power supply systems.
"We have already started working on the creation of the third generation gear that will surpass its foreign analogues taking into account the development forecast up until 2025," Salyukov said, adding that Russian servicemen will be able to use the Ratnik gear in the Arctic.
The combat soldier equipment of the third generation will integrate various biomechanical tools, including exoskeletons.
Russian military engineers are working to develop unified combat subsystems where a soldier acts as part of a single structure.
He will maintain stable radio contact with all its other elements and receive continuously updated reconnaissance data about the enemy positions and the overall situation the combat zone making him an intellectual fighting machine.
“These are the basic features of the Ratik-2 third generation “future soldier” outfit, military expert Vladislav Shurygin told Sputnik.