Oleg Faustov of the TsNIITOCHMASH research center in the Moscow Region said that "in a combined-arms configuration, the Ratnik's body armor protects a soldier's chest and back from bullets with a steel core fired at a range of 10 meters from a 7.62mm SVD rifle."
"In the assault kit's configuration, the Ratnik's bulletproof vest protects a serviceman's chest, back and groin from armor-piercing incendiary bullets fired at a range of 10 meters from a 7.62mm SVD rifle — chest, back, sides and inguinal region," he added.
Earlier, TsNIITOCHMASH head Dmitry Semizorov told journalists that the Ratnik combat gear had successfully been tested in Syria; none of its protective elements were damaged.
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The kit is designed to operate in different climatic conditions and at any time of the day.
Right now, research work on the development of the third-generation Ratnik kit is under way. The new gear will include a helmet with an integrated control system, a combat exoskeleton, mine-proof footwear and other sophisticated elements.