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Russia: Has Russia leapfrogged world with "futuristic" Ratnik combat gear?01:16

Russia: Has Russia leapfrogged world with "futuristic" Ratnik combat gear?

Russian Federation, Moscow
August 15, 2014 at 12:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

New, state-of-the-art personal combat equipment called Ratnik has been dazzling visitors at the international arms exhibition OboronExpo 2014, running from August 13 to 17 in the town of Zhukovskiy, Moscow Region. The ultra-protective, ultra-light gear, also known as the "Warrior", uses a nano-tech titanium and boron carbide combination and is being billed as the ultimate challenge to rifle and munition makers.

The Ratnik is composed of ceramic hard armour plates and tactical armour plate vests reportedly able to deflect 5.56×45mm NATO ammo and bullets from AK74 and SVD automatic rifles. Besides protection from large calibre bullets, the gear also offers protection to 90 percent of the soldier's body from artillery shell, mine fragments, land mines and open flames. The helmet is said to be resistant to gunfire from as close as five metres (16ft).

Ratnik comprises a total of ten subsystems and includes around 50 components. Besides a multi-layered helmet, small arms, a cutting tool, knee and elbow pads, hand grenades, ammunition, grenade launchers and night-vision devices, it is also equipped with communication and navigation devices, life support and embedded power supply equipment. Its control system also includes a target indicator, as well as an information and identification system which reports the location of the soldier to the command.

Made of heat-resistant synthetic Aramid fibre, which provides basic protection against shrapnel and splinters, the suit is ultra-light with a standard set weighing around 10kg (22 pounds) and the complete set with helmet and armoured pads weighing just 20kg (44 pounds).

Ratnik can be used by infantry, machine gunners, rocket launcher operators, paratroopers, drivers and scouts. Any soldier wearing the gear would be able to shoot around corners by combining the helmet's sight with the rifle's sight so that the thermal imaging would allow the shooter to differentiate between targets at distances of up to 1.2 kilometres (0.7 miles).

The Russian Defence Ministry expects to purchase 50,000 "Ratnik future soldier" gear sets annually beginning in October of this year.

Russia: Has Russia leapfrogged world with "futuristic" Ratnik combat gear?01:16
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New, state-of-the-art personal combat equipment called Ratnik has been dazzling visitors at the international arms exhibition OboronExpo 2014, running from August 13 to 17 in the town of Zhukovskiy, Moscow Region. The ultra-protective, ultra-light gear, also known as the "Warrior", uses a nano-tech titanium and boron carbide combination and is being billed as the ultimate challenge to rifle and munition makers.

The Ratnik is composed of ceramic hard armour plates and tactical armour plate vests reportedly able to deflect 5.56×45mm NATO ammo and bullets from AK74 and SVD automatic rifles. Besides protection from large calibre bullets, the gear also offers protection to 90 percent of the soldier's body from artillery shell, mine fragments, land mines and open flames. The helmet is said to be resistant to gunfire from as close as five metres (16ft).

Ratnik comprises a total of ten subsystems and includes around 50 components. Besides a multi-layered helmet, small arms, a cutting tool, knee and elbow pads, hand grenades, ammunition, grenade launchers and night-vision devices, it is also equipped with communication and navigation devices, life support and embedded power supply equipment. Its control system also includes a target indicator, as well as an information and identification system which reports the location of the soldier to the command.

Made of heat-resistant synthetic Aramid fibre, which provides basic protection against shrapnel and splinters, the suit is ultra-light with a standard set weighing around 10kg (22 pounds) and the complete set with helmet and armoured pads weighing just 20kg (44 pounds).

Ratnik can be used by infantry, machine gunners, rocket launcher operators, paratroopers, drivers and scouts. Any soldier wearing the gear would be able to shoot around corners by combining the helmet's sight with the rifle's sight so that the thermal imaging would allow the shooter to differentiate between targets at distances of up to 1.2 kilometres (0.7 miles).

The Russian Defence Ministry expects to purchase 50,000 "Ratnik future soldier" gear sets annually beginning in October of this year.

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