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The Russian Ground Forces have been equipping their troops with an advanced future soldier combat outfit. The latest version of the Ratnik, the Russian future infantry combat system program will leave all existing foreign counterparts behind when it comes to body armor, the range of target acquisition, and fire efficiency, claims the Ground Forces Commander, Col. Gen. Oleg Salyukov (the equivalent degree to General in the US). While weighing 2.5 kilograms less than its best foreign analogs, the Ratnik combat gear for the future forces ensures 1.3 times better protection for soldiers, he said.
He added that, as a result of field trials of assault rifles for the Ratnik outfit, the Kalashnikov Ak-12 and Ak-15 had been named by airborne troops and Navy commandos to be the best around, while Special Operations troops opted for the 6P67 and 6P68 assault rifles, all of which have been approved by the Defense Ministry as standard equipment for the Armed Forces.
He added that the Ratnik outfit will also feature mini- and micro-robotic systems and drones to provide better battlefield reconnaissance for motorized-infantry units fighting on the ground.
The gear will reportedly feature various integrated biomechanical tools, including exoskeleton constructions with built-in micro-climate support and a health monitoring system. In addition, in the Ratnik-3, all information and targeting data will be directly fed to a visor or protective goggles.
The Russian armed forces may receive the next-generation Ratnik-3 infantry gear by 2025, as reported earlier by sputniknews.com.
Various aspects of future forces technologies will be at the center of the coming Future Forces Conference and Exhibition organized by on May 9, 2018. The event that will be held at the Lago Conference Center, Rishon LeZion, will gather the ecosystem’s leading defense industry representatives, experts from the armed forces, police and security services, entrepreneurs and investors.