Russia`s defense industry will develop the third generation of the Ratnik combat gear within 5-7 years, the Director General of the TsNIITochMash scientific-research institute (a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation), Dmitry Semizorov told TASS.
"I suppose that a combat gear has a service life of about 5-7 years. We should conduct not only research, but also development works within this period to design the third generation Ratnik gear to replace the previously developed models," Semizorov said.
He pointed out that the designing of a new generation of Ratnik is tied closely to the development of innovative materials. "We are planning to reduce the combat weight of the Ratnik kit in a drastic manner. Due to the wide usage of innovative materials in life support and individual protection equipment, the industry will significantly increase the combat capabilities of a dismounted soldier on the battlefield," the CEO added.
He pointed out that the next generation of the Ratnik combat equipment will include an identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) device. The TsNIITochMash scientific-research institute may integrate an external skeleton with the kit, Semizorov pointed out. "We have achieved positive results in the area of the equipment development. Frankly, the industry does not know whether external skeleton and an IFF system will be required in the new generation of Ratnik kits. I would point out that the third generation of Ratnik will incorporate new subsystems," Semizorov said. He added that the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has already ordered to develop the concept of a new generation combat outfit.
Previously, the Director General of the Advanced Research Foundation (Russian acronym: FPI, Fond Perspektivnyh Issledovaniy), Andrei Grigoriev said that the finishing of the new generation of individual equipment development was scheduled for 2025-2030.
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