Russia's New Combat Suit Gets A Nuke Resistant Upgrade

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Russia’s new combat suit is getting a major upgrade.

With threats of nuclear warfare pending in important regions of the globe, the nuclear resistant watch was a necessary addition to the futuristic fight suit designed by the former Soviet Union.

According to Newsweek, citing Rostec, the Russian defense contractor building the suit, the third-generation Ratnik-3 suit “comprises five integrated systems.”

Those five subsystems include “life support, command and communication, engaging, protection, and energy saving subsystems,” according to Tass, a Russian state-owned media outlet. This could be the most advanced combat suit on the planet.

In total, the suit comes with 59 items, Tass said, including a powered exoskeleton that supposedly gives the soldier more strength and stamina, along with cutting-edge body armor and a helmet and visor that shields the soldier’s entire face.

The suit also has a “pop-up display that can be used for tasks like examining a plan of the battlefield,” Andy Lynch, who works for a military company called Odin Systems, previously told The Daily Mail Online.

Russia did release a video of the combat suit in late June, but it only showed a static display of the suit making it incredibly difficult to discern if it actually has any of the capabilities that are claimed.

But the newest addition to this high-tech combat suit is fitting with the state of things on our politically volatile planet. The suit is being fitted with a watch that “retains its properties upon the impact of radiation and electromagnetic impulses, for example, upon a nuclear blast,” according to Rostec’s chief designer of the suit, Oleg Faustov.

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 a report by The New York Times. The third-generation Ratnik suit will supposedly be ready for service in 2022, said Russian Colonel General Oleg Salyukov.

The US hopes to unveil its own Tactical Light Operator Suit which would be similar to Russia’s Ratnik.

The US’s suit is also known as the “Iron Man” suit and plans to show it off are scheduled for 2018.

France is working on one too, the Integrated Infantryman Equipment and Communications system, or FELIN.

It’s the “space race” of combat suits. But in this contest, it appears that Russia is winning handily.

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Jiiins's picture

a watch that “retains its properties upon the impact of radiation and electromagnetic impulses, for example, upon a nuclear blast,”

You mean like a normal mechanical watch?

07564111's picture

The Ratnik-3's unique army watch includes a whole range of sophisticated features such as a navigation module, a motion sensor and a life activity sensor.

DavidFL's picture

On the battlefield, if the guy is moving he is alive. Dont know why one needs a life activity sensor for that.

Took Red Pill's picture

the watch "takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'"

I see a new Timex commercial coming.

"Timex, takes a nuclear blast and runs just as fast!"

tmosley's picture

>Resists nuclear weapons

>Blinded by paintballs

What a ridiculous get-up. The future of warfare is microdrones, not super-suits.

Think for yourself's picture

For any zituation where you can reliably headshot the visor with paintballs, i'm pretty sure you'd be already dead.


Don't worry about the microdrones. Powered exoskeletons will be the aircraft carriers of individualized 21st century warfare; i'm sure they'll have whole microdrone arrays to create a whole strike group out of em.

Manthong's picture



That’s nothing that the modern transgender US soldier should even think twice about.’

Luc X. Ifer's picture

WOW, Mom, we'll play Halo in real life, cool!!!

Demologos's picture

Dirt bike racers use peel-off film to quickly restore the view after getting their goggles covered in mud. There is probably an infrared sensor that can be used to target the paintball shooter even if the visor is blocked.

Great plan. Shoot paintballs at Russians who will be returning fire with live rounds.

buttmint's picture

Russian suit designers are also incorporating a high tech slender pocket to house a pencil!

NASA spends millions on a pen that will work in weightlessness.

Stuck on Zero's picture

The only problem with that suit is that it takes four hours to get suited up and then you have to go pee. The other problem is the 450 pounds of batteries you have to drag along behind.

Demologos's picture

Built-in swatter of flies. (Channeling Boris)

chiswickcat's picture

But does is have day and date?

Miskondukt's picture

II think you meant to ask if it has stardates  

HRClinton's picture

If you have the money, you can get more than stardates. You get pornstardates.

HRClinton's picture

Is that a second hand, or timing how long the oral sex lasts (lap it up!)?

the late idi armin's picture

a life activity center? so they can send out the notice of death email and start the pension paperwork?

HRClinton's picture

The suit will also have a Navigation System that is hardened against radiation attacks: a compass. Officers will have a sextant. Generals will have a sextent.

HRClinton's picture

Looks like it would be useful against civilians, less protected troops, and... Zombies.

No good place for vampires, zombies, or Alien creatures to target. That's gotta 'suck', i.e. unsuck for them.

holgerdanske's picture

most likely. The Russians are winning. For them it is a matter of survival, for the Americans, a question of profits.

Guess who wins?

sm0k4's picture

That doesn't sound as fancy. 

Hobbleknee's picture

But does it have a compass in the codpiece, like Troy Hurtubise's Trojan Combat Suit that's in my avatar? :D

Invinciblehandaxe's picture

What you angry your murican counterparts cant glue a plane together yet all the money are gone?

BarkingCat's picture

Unpossible, I did not sniff that much.

PT's picture

If the suit doesn't work, does it come with a money-back guarantee?

Invinciblehandaxe's picture

yes for everyone except muricans

they dont make obese editions yet

PT's picture

"The suit also has a pop-up display ..." - well, there you go then.  One cat video on Facebook and you can paralyse the entire platoon.  Oh, hang on.  We're talking about Russkies.  Ice-road traffic crashes?  Boris weapon videos???  I don't know.

SoDamnMad's picture

The pop-up display features nude Russian beauties to which can be seen by the political and oligarch elites.  For the troops, well sorry, we could not afford them for everyone because we had to build SU-34s

holgerdanske's picture

monkey back gurantee.

07564111's picture

Nanosuit ;) We are Borg!!

WTFUD's picture

I want one of those in my Christmas Stocking!

Ilmarinen's picture

*Star Wars - Imperial March*

bogbeagle's picture

Hope the Russian' suits work better.


White Devil's picture

The Russians' military gear is way better than our shit.

PT's picture

Sergeant addressing his troops:  "This suit will protect you from everything - bullets, bombs, even nuclear blasts.  And if it doesn't then take it back to stores and get another one."

PT's picture

"This suit protects you from nuclear radiation.  Just don't take it off.  Ever.  Shit in your suit."

"Umm, can I have one for my wife and kids?"
"Are they soldiers?"
"No, um, the kids are only little and the wife looks after them."
"Then of course not."
"Aaaaah, umm, in that case, I won't be needing one either."

lakecity55's picture

A lot of our stuff is better, but the Russians build their stuff to take way more abuse. They also have been beating us on the curve as of late with newer and more robust systems.

The US had better get rid of a lot of wasted funds and get on the stick.


dogismycopilot's picture

NATO will use this photo as their next appeal for money and guns.

Not like the US doesn't have an entire fucking armored division already next to Russia's borders.

That armored division should really be on the US/Mexico border - then you would have 0 illegal immigrants.

lakecity55's picture

Tanks and other armor have some built-in NBC stuffs.

I was doing comms work on some armor once. They were sanding the paint, which is a special paint. Everyone was coughing. They had to put in ventillator fans. A good friend of mine had her lungs damaged. She got money and disability.


Ecclesia Militans's picture

Mybrother was telling me about the AUSA conference in DC, and all the Army types were chanting "robots, robots, the enemy is coming with robots."  I was thinking about this when he shared the story of a pregnant Colonel with Airborn Ranger tabs all over her dress uniform hauled her chlorofam jump boots and bloused preggo gear trousers up to the stage to receive an award for retention goals or some such shit, and between that image and all the fatbodies in PT gear I saw in the DFACs of Afghanistan and Iraq, I now realize that our militry is going to bet the farm on automation.  More robots, indeed.

Benjamin123's picture

Looks like a few dozen plastic parts sewn to an uniform, plus a motorcycle helmet. I mean thats what it visually LOOKS like. Not dissing, but i have seen video of nuclear powered flying exoskeletons before.

gregga777's picture

It'll be like the flak vests US troops were issued in Vietnam: one of the first things to be discarded once troops go into the field. Especially if it's both hot and humid like Vietnam was. Who is going to want to wear one of these things when already loaded down with a hundred pounds of battle rattle, ammunition, equipment and supplies?

Offthebeach's picture

Even in cold weather.  Nothing like moving out, humping gear for a couple of hours, sweating up, and then stopping in below freezing with anything wet on.



lakecity55's picture

The suits have A/C and Heater Coils.

Now, if the thermostat fails, it will come off. But, those wily Russkies bulit in a back-up thermostat.


bogbeagle's picture

I'd like to see the battery pack.