To compliment Russia’s “Soldier of the Future” Ratnik armor, the manufacturing company behind the armor’s design, Rostec, reported Tuesday it has designed the ultimate in shockproof watches.
The TASS News Agency reported:
"The watch, which we have included in the Ratnik outfit, retains its properties upon the impact of radiation and electromagnetic impulses, for example, upon a nuclear blast," Chief Designer for the Life Support System of the Soldier Combat Outfit at the Central Scientific Research Institute for Precision Machine Engineering (TsNIITochMash, part of Rostec) Oleg Faustov was quoted by the press office as saying.
The watch is equipped with a self-winding mechanism and continues working accurately in adverse climatic and operational conditions, and also in daily routines and during combat operations. Besides, the watch can even be used when swimming under water.
Industrial Director for Rostec’s Armament Cluster Sergey Abramov said that the Ratnik combat gear was continuously upgraded and a modern soldier’s outfit was becoming ever more perfected.
"The level of technology and the reliability of the elements of servicemen’s outfit is growing. Correspondingly, the level of a soldier’s capabilities on the battlefield is increasing. This new development by Central Scientific Research Institute for Precision Machine Engineering is another step in this direction," he said.
Meanwhile, the Ratnik armor itself continues to undergo upgrades. While the latest version, called the “second generation,” has just been delivered to Russian soldiers, the in-development “third generation” armor prototype has now been unveiled.
Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces Col. Gen. Oleg Salyukov said:
"We are completing the scientific research on creating the future layout of the Ratnik-3 combat gear. The implementation of the project will allow to increase the performance of a soldier by 1.5 times in completing various tasks."
The new armor, which should roll out in 2022, is said to be 30 percent lighter than its predecessor.