Russian Army postpones future soldier uniform induction

14 July 2013 (Last Updated July 14th, 2013 18:30)

The Russian Army has postponed induction of its domestically manufactured future high-tech combat gear into operational service due to problems in the fine-tuning of its light weapons.

The Russian Army has postponed induction of its domestically manufactured future high-tech combat gear into operational service due to problems in the fine-tuning of its light weapons.

Also known as Ratnik, the combat gear is expected to be commissioned following completion of the final state tests by the end of 2013, RIA Novosti has reported citing the Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

Last month Rogozin told that the system had already completed testing, and could be delivered within a month to the Russian Armed Forces, following a visit to the privately owned Degtyarev small arms plant in central Russia.

Meanwhile, the information has also been confirmed by the ground forces.

Developed as part of the soldier military equipment (BES) programme, Ratnik infantry soldier kit comprises of 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.

"The combat gear is expected to be commissioned following completion of the final state tests by the end of 2013."

Available in summer and winter variants, the lightweight gear is adaptable to a multitude of combat situations, and can be used by regular infantry, rocket launcher operators, machine gunners, drivers and scouts.

Ratnik is scheduled to be demonstrated as a complete suite at the Russia Arms Expo 2013, which will be held from 25 to 28 September 2013 in the Urals region, according to Rogozin.

A range of similiar futuristic combat kits are currently being used by other Nato member nations, including the Land Warrior and Mounted Warrior in US, German IdZ, UK's FIST, Spanish COMFUT and Sweden's IMESS among others.

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