'Future Soldier' Uniform State Tests Slated for April
MOSCOW, January 6 (RIA Novosti) – Russia will conduct in April state tests of military equipment sets Ratnik, nicknamed "future soldier uniforms," Defense Ministry ground forces spokesman Lt. Col. Nikolai Donyushkin said on Sunday.
Russia's military equipment sets Ratnik performed well in preliminary tests carried out in September in the Moscow region, paving the way for their implementation.
"A whole number of new equipment sets leaves behind the world equivalents," Donyushkin said
Ratnik ("Warrior") comprises more than 40 components, including firearms, body armor, optic, communication and navigation devices, life support and power supply systems and even knee and elbow pads. The equipment can be used by regular infantry, rocket launcher operators, machine gunners, drivers and scouts.
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