Russian MoD Recieves 18K Ratnik Combat Systems

The Central Research Institute for Precision Machine-Building (TsNIITochMash) has delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defence, a month ahead of the plan, nearly 18,000 Ratnik infantry combat systems, said the press service of Rostec State Corporation.

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“The defence procurement plan was completed ahead of schedule despite all the difficulties associated with the pandemic and the restrictions imposed," said Bekhan Ozdoyev, the Industrial Director for the Armament, Munitions and Special Chemistry Cluster at Rostec.

The press service of Rostec said in a statement that nearly 18,000 combat systems were delivered to the Russian armed forces and there were no complaints.

"Ratnik is an advanced system without which a modern soldier cannot be imagined. It includes not only uniforms, but also electronics that help to conduct reconnaissance and transmit data in real time, protective equipment made of light and strong composite materials, and modern small arms. At the same time, we do not stand still, our equipment is regularly updated taking into account the experience of its operation, its convenience and functionality are increased,” added Ozdoev.

Ratnik is a Russian future infantry combat system. It is designed to improve the connectivity and combat effectiveness of combat personnel in the Russian Armed Forces.  t comprises over 60 protective and life support elements and allows a soldier to get continuously updated about the situation in the combat area. 

The combat system also includes personal protective equipment; means of protection against weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), small arms, and ammunition for them, aiming equipment. Moreover, there is a control system; life support system, and energy supply.

The second-generation Ratnik combat system deliveries to the Russian forces started in 2016. Current users of the system include Russian, Belarus, and Egypt.

Under development now is the advanced Ratnik-3 combat system with an integrated exoskeleton and a helmet visor-mounted target designation system.

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