19:53 GMT29 October 2020
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    The Russian military will get about 80,000 sets of the Ratnik-2 “future soldier” gear before the end of 2015, Russian Land Forces' commander Col. Gen. Oleg Salyukov told journalists in Moscow.

    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 Ratnik-2 outfit will add to the soldier’s combat efficiency, survivability and it also weighs only 20 kilos – just half of its previous version.

    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.


    Russia Begins Development of Ratnik-2 Future Soldier Gear
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