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    Universal Soldiers: New Ratnik Gear to 'Turn Russian Servicemen Into Supermen'

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    It is safe to assume that the third generation Ratnik infantry combat system will help turn Russian soldiers into supermen, according to defense expert Sergey Cherkasov.

    In his article, published by the online magazine Politrussia.com, defense expert Sergey Cherkasov claimed that the advanced Ratnik-3 infantry combat system may well give Russian soldiers superman-like capabilities.

    His think piece came after Russia's Land Forces commander Col. Gen. Oleg Salyukov said earlier this year that work on the creation of the Ratnik-3 personal combat uniform is already under way.

    "Like any other project related to 'the soldier of the future', the Ratnik-3 is an attempt to bring a soldier's capabilities to a qualitatively new level with the help of sophisticated combat gear," according to Cherkasov.

    Servicemen of the Central Military District's peace-keeping unit hold a tactical exercise using the Ratnik battlesuits. File photo
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    Servicemen of the Central Military District's peace-keeping unit hold a tactical exercise using the Ratnik battlesuits. File photo

    "Also, this is an attempt to get the better of a potential enemy by using high technology", he said.

    He recalled that it took Russia 15 years to create what Cherkasov described as "a breakthrough infantry combat system," which he said provides "unprecedented communication capabilities both within a squad and between a combat unit and a command center."

    A soldier demonstrates the Ratnik Soldier Combat Equipment Set during a military exercise at Alabino range, Moscow Region. File photo
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    A soldier demonstrates the "Ratnik" Soldier Combat Equipment Set during a military exercise at Alabino range, Moscow Region. File photo

    The Ratnik gear is comprised of more than 40 components, including firearms, body armor, an optical array, communication and navigation devices, as well as life support and power supply systems.

    The Ratnik outfit is mainly designed for snipers, riflemen, drivers of armored vehicles and airborne combat vehicle gunners.

    The Ratnik-2 outfit adds significantly to the soldier's combat efficiency and survivability, not least because it's lighter; at 20 kilos, it weighs only half as much as its predecessor.

    As for the third generation infantry combat kit, it will feature various integrated biomechanical tools, including exoskeleton constructions with built-in microclimate support and a health monitoring system. 

    In the Ratnik-3, all information and targeting data will be directly fed to a visor or protective goggles.

    The Ratnik gear helps a soldier maintain stable radio contact with other units and receive continuously updated reconnaissance data about enemy positions and the overall situation in the combat zone, something that really makes him an 'intellectual fighting machine.'

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