Exoskeletons, robots, and mini-drones among Russian soldiers

MOSCOW, ($1=72.83 Russian Rubles) – The combat equipment of the “soldier of the future” will include an exoskeleton, robotic systems, and mini-drones, said Oleg Salyukov, Commander-in-Chief of the RF Ground Forces, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Interfax.

“Speaking about the combat equipment of the” soldier of the future “, it should be noted that in 2021, together with domestic industrial enterprises, extensive work was carried out to include a new” robotic “subsystem in the military equipment of a serviceman, which includes mini- and micro-UAVs, wearable robotic systems, as well as exoskeletons,” Salyukov said in an interview with the Russian Defense Ministry newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda.

He noted that the process of improving the “Ratnik” combat equipment is also continuing.

“In 2019, the Sotnik complex of works began, where new models of small arms, melee weapons, and personal body armor are being developed,” the commander-in-chief said.

In August, Bekkhan Ozdoev, industrial director of the cluster of weapons, ammunition, and special chemistry of the state corporation Rostec, told Interfax about the imminent start of work on the creation of a new generation of combat equipment.

“The Russian Defense Ministry has already outlined its vision of new equipment for the military. There is a common understanding of where to move. We are waiting for the official start of work,” Ozdoev said.

He stated that the cluster already has some developments in this area.

“For example, we are creating an interactive helmet that changes color depending on the situation. Kalashnikov has created a modern modular unloading system for special forces. There are interesting developments in the fabrics of the future and protective equipment,” Ozdoev said.

As reported, the state corporation is preparing to create the third-generation combat equipment “Sotnik”.

According to Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov, the Sotnik kit should be replaced by Ratnik [second generation] in 2025.

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