Southern Military District of Russian army will receive 1,000 sets of Ratnik combat gear TASS 13112152

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Southern Military District of Russian army will receive 1,000 sets of Ratnik combat gear.
Around 1,000 sets of new generation Ratnik combat gear have been supplied to the Southern Military District in 2015, Andrei Gurulyov, 58th Army Commander, has told TASS. The Ratnik is a project of Future Soldier system for the Russian army.
     
Around 1,000 sets of new generation Ratnik combat gear have been supplied to the Southern Military District in 2015, Andrei Gurulyov, 58th Army Commander, has told TASS. The Ratnik is a project of Future Soldier system for the Russian army. Russian-made Ratnik Future Soldier individual gear equipment
     
"It should be borne in mind that today we must be an adequately equipped and operationally capable armed force that can perform missions wherever ordered," he said to the agency. Ratnik is a complex of modern protection, communication, armament and ammunition systems adapted to operations round the clock in a variety of conditions.

It was previously reported that Tekhinkom, a Petersburg-based company manufacturing body protection system, has supplied the Armed Forces with more than 100,000 sets of 6B45 body armor included in the new generation Ratnik individual combat gear. In addition, the Russian Armed Forces received several thousand new 6B47 combined arms protective helmets. In all, during 2014-2015, the Russian Defense Ministry will receive 71,000 sets of Ratnik combat gear.

The Ratnik is a project of Future Soldier system for the Russian army. It is designed to improve the connectivity and combat effectiveness of the Russian army soldiers. Improvements include modernized body armor, helmet with special monitor (eye monitor, thermal, night vision monocular, flashlight), systems of communication and special headphones.

50 Russian production facilities are engaged in producing the "Ratnik" gear, whose framework is a "breathing" synthetic overall that one can wear for two days without taking it off. The fabric of polymeric compounds protects the soldier against open fire and minor splinters, and makes them invisible to infrared cameras. The body armour has been patterned on the Soviet Army prototype, tested in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

The gear comprises more than 40 components, including firearms, body armour, and optical, communication and navigation devices, as well as life support and power supply systems, and even knee and elbow pads. The gear will make Russian troops the fully-fledged soldiers of the future, capable of carrying out the personally given orders. It also boosts the effectiveness of the units operating in local conflict areas, for example, against terrorists.
     
     
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