By David Crane
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August 26, 2018
As if “stealth camouflage” adaptive camouflage/visual cloaking tech isn’t enough, Russian military defense contractor Rostec just demonstrated “operative passive exoskeletons” for Russian Ratnik-3-type future soldiers/warfighters. Oh, and they’re not done. Rostec is also reportedly developing an active exoskeleton, and they’ve already designed a prototype that’ll be shown at an exhibition, soon. So, it would appear that US military infantry warfighters are going to have their hands full, if World War III (WWIII) ever breaks out, and the Russians are on the opposition.
According to Army Technology, the Rostec passive exoskeleton tech was co-developed by the Central Research Institute for Precision Machine Building (TSNIITOCHMASH), which is part of Russia’s Rostec State, and GB Engineering. Made from lightweight carbon fiber, the passive exoskeleton hardware enhances the soldier’s physical capabilities (strength, speed, etc.), while also protecting his/her spine and joints–and it’s height-adjustable. It enables the soldier to carry up to 50kg (110.231 lbs) extra weight during “long marches and assaults”.
“The passive exoskeletons are completely autonomous and require no power sources, servomotors, electronics and sensors.”
We’re interested to see how that actually works, and how its capabilities differ from the active exoskeleton tech, which we assume is even more capable in terms of strengh, speed and load-bearing enhancement.
Defense Review will try to glean as much information as possible on Rostec’s active exoskeleton technology, and do a follow-up piece on it. If it weren’t already being used for yogurt, a good name for the technology would be “Activia”–has a nice Russian ring to it.
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