The Russian Army is set to begin state trials of a future high-tech soldier system in April 2013, Russian Defence Ministry ground forces spokesman lieutenant colonel Nikolai Donyushkin has revealed.
Also known as Ratnik, the military equipment sets completed preliminary testing at the Alabino Shooting Range in Moscow, Russia, in September 2012, as reported by RIA Novosti.
Conducted by the soldiers from 27th Motor Rifle Brigade, the successful testing featured 40 different elements of the equipment, marking its entry towards the implementation phase.
The Ratnik infantry soldier system comprises more than 40 components, including firearms, body armour, optic, communication and navigation devices, life support and power supply systems, as well as knee and elbow pads.
Available in summer and winter variants, the lightweight system is adaptable to a multitude of combat situations; it can be used by regular infantry, rocket launcher operators, machine gunners, drivers and scouts.
The system provides protection against environmental threats from weapons of mass destruction and non-lethal weapons, according to the news agency.
Russia's Defence Ministry had initially negotiated sale of Sagem-built Felin future infantry system with France for evaluation purposes in December 2011, but later decided to pursue domestic development, as part of the soldier military equipment (BES) programme.
At present, Nato member nations are also testing other future soldier systems versions, including the Land Warrior and Mounted Warrior in US, German IdZ, UK's FIST, Spanish COMFUT and Sweden's IMESS among others.