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.


Jiiins Fri, 10/13/2017 - 05:07 Permalink

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?

Think for yourself tmosley Fri, 10/13/2017 - 08:58 Permalink

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.

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Manthong Think for yourself Fri, 10/13/2017 - 09:27 Permalink

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

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PT PT Fri, 10/13/2017 - 05:36 Permalink

"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."

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dogismycopilot Fri, 10/13/2017 - 05:17 Permalink

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.

Ecclesia Militans dogismycopilot Fri, 10/13/2017 - 06:30 Permalink

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.

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Benjamin123 Fri, 10/13/2017 - 05:27 Permalink

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 Fri, 10/13/2017 - 05:25 Permalink

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?