Rostec has demonstrated its new operative passive exoskeletons for the first time to be used for the Russian Army’s new-generation of Ratnik combat suit.

The Russian Army has already trialled the exoskeletons in combat environment conditions.

Rostec Armament Cluster industrial director Sergey Abramov said: “This prototype has already been tested during real military operations.

“The exoskeleton was tested by special detachments of the Russian Ministry of Defense and Internal Affairs bodies in years 2017-2018.

“In addition, an active exoskeleton is also being designed, and its working prototype has already been made by Rostec’s enterprise. It is going to be presented at one of the nearest exhibitions.”

“This prototype has already been tested during real military operations.”

Co-developed by the Central Research Institute for Precision Machine Building (TSNIITOCHMASH), a part of Russia’s Rostec State, and GB Engineering, a fully operative passive exoskeleton helps increase physical abilities of a soldier, protects joints and the spine, and can be adjusted to the height of a soldier.

Made of lightweight carbon fibre, the exoskeleton is a mechanical device with levers and swivels in the shape of human joints.

It helps support the musculoskeletal system when a person carries weights up to 50kg during long marches and assaults.

The passive exoskeletons are completely autonomous and require no power sources, servomotors, electronics and sensors.

Rostec is presenting the exoskeletons at the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY 2018.