YEREVAN, March 29. /TASS/. Russia’s Ratnik-3 ‘soldier of the future’ combat outfit will get a new high-precision sniper round, which is being developed, Chief Executive of the R&D Institute of Precision Machine-Building (TsNIITochMash, the developer of the combat outfit) Dmitry Semizorov said at the ArmHiTec exhibition on Thursday.
"This is a new round. We need to create a new ballistic solution fully based on Russian components. This will be a round for high-precision sniper rifles," the chief executive said.
The R&D work on the third-generation Ratnik-3 combat outfit has been completed. The experimental design work on the new round has been agreed and is due to start this year, the TsNIITochMash chief executive said.
The Russian troops are currently using the second-generation Ratnik combat outfit. As Semizorov earlier told TASS, the new Ratnik-3 systems will be introduced gradually, including their integration into the existing Ratnik combat gear.
TsNIITochMash plans to complete all the experimental design work on the Ratnik-3 combat outfit by 2027, the chief executive said.
The Ratnik is a system of advanced protective and communication equipment, weapons and ammunition. It comprises around 40 protective and life support elements and allows a soldier to get continuously updated information about the situation in the combat area. In addition, the Ratnik includes a self-contained heater, a backpack, an individual water filter, a gas mask and a medical kit.
The second-generation Ratnik combat gear has been arriving for Russia’s ground forces, the Airborne Force and marines since 2016.
An advanced Ratnik-3 combat gear with an integral exoskeleton and a helmet visor-mounted target designation system is currently being developed for Russia’s Armed Forces.