Russian tank crews to get new 6B48 Ratnik-ZK individual protection kits Tass 50908161

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Russian tank crews to get new 6B48 Ratnik-ZK individual protection kits
Russian tank crews are receiving new 6B48 Ratnik-ZK individual protection kits developed by the Armocom company, according to a source in the indigenous defense industry.
     
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6B48 Ratnik-ZK individual protection kits developed by the Armocom

     
"The tank crews of the Russian Armed Forces have started to receive 6B48 Ratnik-ZK individual protection kits that will significantly increase the survivability of the tankers on the modern battlefield. The 6B48 kit was brought into service with the Land Forces in 2014. By mid-2016, several thousands Ratnik-ZL kits have been delivered to the customer," the source said.

He added that 6B48 has become the first Russian body armour that combines traditional ballistic fabric and innovative unwoven materials made of aramid fiber. "The kit is comprised of a body armour suite, armoured combat vehicle crewman communications helmet, and two reinforced tank suits intended for summer and winter periods, respectively. The body armour has a weight of 3.2 kg and a 50% probability of protection against small fragments, flying at speeds up to 550 m/s. The helmet has a combat weight of 1.9 kg and a 50% probability of protection against small fragments, flying at speeds up to 630 m/s. The suit can hold 15 sec at high temperatures. Such period of time is enough to leave a burning vehicle, Russian defense analysts suppose. "The Armocom company has taken a proper account of Russian and foreign experience in the individual protection kits for tankers development. During the recent local conflicts, the wounds inflicted by small fragments have accounted for about 70% of all combat wounds. Hence, Russian tankers are receiving the equipment that will drastically increase their chances to survive on the battlefield," an analyst said.
     
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