The prototype features a helmet covering the soldier’s face and cutting-edge body armor. The next-generation combat gear also includes a powered exoskeleton to help increase performance and stamina while fighting.
The prototype was unveiled on Thursday at the opening of Russia’s largest prototyping center at the National University of Science and Technology (MISIS) in Moscow. It was developed at the Central Research Institute for Precision Machine Building, a major Russian weapons designer and primary military supplier.
The Russian military is actively preparing to meet the challenges of future warfare as major world powers are investing in research and development of next-generation combat systems, including exoskeletons and robotized platforms. Last year, the military said robots and cyborgs will gradually replace human soldiers on land, in the air, at sea, and in outer space.
“As human soldiers will still play a role on the battlefield until robotized warfare becomes reality, work on Russia’s infantry combat system Ratnik 2 is underway”, the Advanced Research Foundation (ARF)– viewed as Russia’s analogue of DARPA – head Lieutenant General Andrey Grigoriev has said, adding that his agency is already looking for a next-generation upgrade.
The Legionnaire, a new project, will feature sophisticated firearms, communications systems, as well as enhanced gear ensuring all-round protection from bullets and shrapnel, allowing infantrymen “to feel comfortable in any environment,” he added.
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