This week, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, whose portfolio includes oversight of the Russian defense industry, invited a group of lawmakers to visit the Moscow-based Foundation for Advanced Research Projects military research agency, and publicized new info on the Russian Future Soldier project.
Группа депутатов Государственной Думы ФС РФ по моему приглашению посетила @fpi_russia и ознакомилась с результатами его работы в области робототехники, перспективного материаловедения, аддитивных и информационных технологий pic.twitter.com/QA4bmnHrPT— Дмитрий Рогозин (@Rogozin) 13 февраля 2018 г.
"At my invitation, a group of deputies from the Russian Duma visited @fpi_russia and familiarized themselves with the results of its work in the fields of robots, advanced materials science, additives and information technologies."
Developed by Rostec-held Izhmash and Tsyklon research institutes in collaboration with France's Sagem, the Russian soldier of the future design is equipped with an AK-12 assault rifle with grenade-launcher attachment and night vision sight, as well as an armored helmet with built-in communications and information processing system.
The kit includes the Permyachka combat protective kit, protecting the soldier's body from fragmentation and open flames.
Also included is a satchel for ammunition and water supplies, a GPS/GLONASS uplink, and water repellent, fire resistant material to camouflage the soldier in the infrared spectrum.
But what some internet users have found most interesting was the concept art's superficial similarities to the cover art for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, a tactical shooter video game released in 2012 featuring a soldier in a similar pose, with similar, futuristic equipment, and a similar black, blue-green color pallet.
Twitter user Mark, a self-described gamer and journalist, wrote that the growing possibility of turning what until just a few years ago seemed like science fiction closer to reality was a positive sign.
Осталось подождать черт знает сколько лет и, у нас солдат начнут экипировать, как в Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Это успех, я считаю. pic.twitter.com/OtLITsxbfc— Mark (@March3llo) 15 февраля 2018 г.
"We'll have to wait God knows how long and eventually, our soldiers will be equipped like in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. This is a success I think."