Russia’s Rostec State Corporation is preparing to develop the third-generation Sotnik combat equipment, the company announced.
The new Sotnik outfit is being developed to replace the previous generation Ratnik combat equipment, 300,000 of which was delivered to Russian troops by Rostec’s Central Scientific Research Institute of Precision Engineering (TsNIITochMash).
Sotnik (“Commander”) will be distinguished by its low weight and increased security due to the use of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fiber.
The Sotnik set is based on the use of high-strength and lightweight polyethylene fiber. The equipment fitted to the warfighter’s figure due to the elasticity of the material and will not hinder movement and will allow the soldier to take additional equipment. At the same time, the Sotnik’s protection class against external damage will be significantly higher than that of its predecessors. In the future, Sotnik will be able not only to stop the splinter flying at speeds up to 670 m/s, but also to extinguish the shock impulse through the use of special shock-absorbing means.
According to Sergey Chemezov, General Director of Rostec, the Sotnik will replace the Ratnik kit in 2025.
“This will be a fundamentally new outfit, which will integrate the best high-tech developments of Russian enterprises, including those of Rostec,” he said.
Ratnik was developed at the Rostec TsNIITOCHMASH enterprise and passed a full range of military tests, which showed the correctness of the technical solutions used. After the completion of the tests, experimental batches were sent to the troops, and in 2015, the annual serial deliveries of the equipment began.