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Russia: Troops try out Ratnik battle gear before general rollout00:59

Russia: Troops try out Ratnik battle gear before general rollout

Russian Federation, Moscow
November 5, 2014 at 17:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian troops trained with the next-generation Ratnik combat system at the Central Research Institute for Precision Machine Building testing ground outside Moscow on Monday. Russia’s Defence Ministry had signed a three-year contract to take delivery of the ‘Ratnik’ (warrior) gear. The first troops will begin wearing the outfit towards the end of 2014, and most ground forces are expected to phase in the new system within five years.

The body armour is made of boron-carbide composite plates which are reportedly able to deflect 5.56mm rounds used by most NATO armies. The helmet is said to be resistant to gunfire from as close as five (16 feet) to ten metres (33 feet); meanwhile the reinforced aramid fabric in the fatigues provides basic protection against shrapnel and splinters. As a complete set with helmet and armoured pads it weighs 20 kg (44 lbs), making it light enough to afford movement to soldiers in the field. The goggles come with a display which links to the sight of an assault rifle, allowing soldiers to aim round corners and over obstacles.

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.

Russia: Troops try out Ratnik battle gear before general rollout00:59
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Russian troops trained with the next-generation Ratnik combat system at the Central Research Institute for Precision Machine Building testing ground outside Moscow on Monday. Russia’s Defence Ministry had signed a three-year contract to take delivery of the ‘Ratnik’ (warrior) gear. The first troops will begin wearing the outfit towards the end of 2014, and most ground forces are expected to phase in the new system within five years.

The body armour is made of boron-carbide composite plates which are reportedly able to deflect 5.56mm rounds used by most NATO armies. The helmet is said to be resistant to gunfire from as close as five (16 feet) to ten metres (33 feet); meanwhile the reinforced aramid fabric in the fatigues provides basic protection against shrapnel and splinters. As a complete set with helmet and armoured pads it weighs 20 kg (44 lbs), making it light enough to afford movement to soldiers in the field. The goggles come with a display which links to the sight of an assault rifle, allowing soldiers to aim round corners and over obstacles.

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.

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