By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
Photo(s) Credit: Sputnik News and Warsonline.info
October 31, 2016
Last updated on 11/01/16.
Since DefenseReview’s (DR) been covering a lot of andvanced Russian military and tactical tech lately (see here and here), we might as well round it out by discussing the Ratnik-3 (Warrior-3) Infantry Combat System with exoskeleton tech real quick, especially since the Russians have been bragging up a storm about it. Comprised of more than 40 individual components, including combat/tactical firearms, tactical armor plate carriers/body armor systems, combat helmet with anti-splitter transparent visor with heads-up display that provides relevant C4ISR information, andvanced combat/tactical communications gear, chem/bio respirator/gas mask system with built-in microclimate support and a health monitoring system, adaptive camouflage BDU (Battle Dress Uniform), combat boots, combat pack (backpack) system, and the aforementioned powered exoskeleton system, all at lighter overall weight (several less kilograms). If that’s all true, it’s a pretty impressive future soldier package, assuming it all actually works, which remains to be seen. Sometimes Russian military tech works as advertised, and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s hit or miss. Let’s hope they missed on at least some of it.
Anyway, the Ratnik-3 Infantry Combat System is designed for military infantrymen/riflemen, snipers, airborne combat vehicle gunners and armored vehicle drivers, and reportedly took about 15 years to develop. Defense Review hopes it takes the Russians at least another 15 years to dial it in properly, since they’ve really been upping their anti-American rhetoric lately, and it looks like we’ve entered Cold War 2.0. DR’s going to keep an eye on this one.
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