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Russia: Russian firm develops new suit to protect military helicopter pilots

Russian Federation, Khotkovo
August 11, 2016 at 17:51 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian engineers at Armocom showed off their new protective gear for military pilots at a centre in Khotkovo, in the Moscow region, Thursday.

The Vulkan-VKS suit is designed to protect military pilots from bullets, shrapnel, fractures and burns. These are among the main threats posed to helicopter pilots who fall victim to ground air-defence and small-arms fire.

Chief-specialist at the Armocom centre Roman Samofalov said: "the cabin of even an armoured helicopter could be subject to secondary fragmentation splitting, from the armour itself or damaged devices [when it is hit by direct gunfire]." However, Samofalov noted, "this problem may be resolved with the help of the anti-fragment, fire-resistant and ballistic protective gear."

The suit comprises a bullet-proof helmet and an improved bullet-resistant vest that is combined with fire-resistant overalls. The overalls contain integrated protection for the knees and elbows and are believed to be capable of withstanding flames for up to half a minute.

The gear is said to have been positively received by the state security services and law enforcement agencies. The Russian Defence Ministry is reportedly considering investing in the Vulkan-VKS, which could potentially save many lives.

Russia: Russian firm develops new suit to protect military helicopter pilots02:38
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Russian engineers at Armocom showed off their new protective gear for military pilots at a centre in Khotkovo, in the Moscow region, Thursday.

The Vulkan-VKS suit is designed to protect military pilots from bullets, shrapnel, fractures and burns. These are among the main threats posed to helicopter pilots who fall victim to ground air-defence and small-arms fire.

Chief-specialist at the Armocom centre Roman Samofalov said: "the cabin of even an armoured helicopter could be subject to secondary fragmentation splitting, from the armour itself or damaged devices [when it is hit by direct gunfire]." However, Samofalov noted, "this problem may be resolved with the help of the anti-fragment, fire-resistant and ballistic protective gear."

The suit comprises a bullet-proof helmet and an improved bullet-resistant vest that is combined with fire-resistant overalls. The overalls contain integrated protection for the knees and elbows and are believed to be capable of withstanding flames for up to half a minute.

The gear is said to have been positively received by the state security services and law enforcement agencies. The Russian Defence Ministry is reportedly considering investing in the Vulkan-VKS, which could potentially save many lives.

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