“RATNIK – 3”
Russia has a new battle suit that seems to be like Star Wars. The high-tech armor (called as Ratnik-3) does have a few tricks, including nuclear blast resistant tech.
The Ratnik kit comprises five integrated systems that include life support, command and communication, engaging, protection and energy saving subsystems. It is designed to be used round-the-clock in all weather conditions.
The first-generation Ratnik suit was reportedly given to a few Russian units in 2013, and some pieces of the suit were spotted on Russian troops in Crimea, according to The New York Times.
The third-generation Ratnik suit will supposedly be ready for service in 2022, according to Russian Col. Gen. Oleg Salyukov.
The suit was developed by Rostec and is called the Ratnik-3. The latest upgrade to the new armor includes a reportedly nuclear blast resistant watch. According to a statement released by the press office, the Chief Designer for the Life Support System of the Soldier Combat Outfit at the Central Scientific Research Institute for Precision Machine Engineering, Oleg Faustov, says “The watch, which we have included in the Ratnik outfit, retains its properties upon the impact of radiation and electromagnetic impulses, for example, upon a nuclear blast.”
Russia even unveiled a video of the suit in late June, but it only showed a static display of the suit, so it’s unknown if it actually has any of the capabilities that are claimed.
Russia’s combat suit is reportedly getting a nuclear-resistant watch
The watch also have features like self-winding mechanism and being operational under water.Other features of the 59 items Rostec has included in the suit include a powered exoskeleton, to give soldiers greater strength and stamina.
- The latest in bulletproof body armor tech
- Full face-covering visor and
- Helmet equipped with a video game display (HUD).
According to Russian Tass, the weight of the completed combat gear will be reduced by 30% when it will be released.
The Ratnik 3 is expected to be ready for use by 2022.
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