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Russia unveils its ‘Superman suit’ that allows soldiers to walk through fire and explosions unharmed

November 6, 2017

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Russian scientists claim to have created a ‘Superman suit’ that lets soldiers walk through explosions and searing fire unscathed.

Made of a heat-resistant ‘aramid’ material that can withstand 30 seconds of direct contact from flames, the suit could give Russian soldiers a huge advantage in battlefields of the future.

The heat-proof suit is still in the testing phase and is expected to be ready for use by 2020, when it may also be available for purchase by civilians.

Footage released shows a man wearing the suit at an unspecified test facility. He appears to walk through flames and stands right next to an explosion.

Wearers are protected from the sudden heat of explosions such as grenades and mines, although the shock wave from an explosion could still harm them, scientists claim.

The ‘Superman suit’ is part of Ratnik, Russia’s future infantry combat system.

The programme develops combat gear which aims to create the next generation of body armour on the battlefield.

Ratnik suits already have body armour, thermal and night vision monoculars and other high-tech gear.

They are made of of strong synthetic aramid fibres that are commonly used on ships and planes.

The programme also focuses on making sure the soldier is in touch with comrades via built-in radios.

Russia says Ratnik suits were used in combat in 2016 though no details were given.

Made of a heat-resistant ‘aramid’ type material that can withstand 30 seconds of direct contact from flames, the suit could give Russian soldiers a huge advantage in battlefields of the future

Another feature of the system is a built-in GPS chip, showing commanders where each soldier is at any given time.

The unveiling of the suit comes after Russia staged extensive military training exercises on both sea and land in what was thought to be a show of strength by President Vladimir Putin.

Last month, the Russian military unveiled another Ratnik suit that includes an exo-skeleton, designed to boost strength and stamina, body armor and even a watch capable of surviving a nuclear blast.

The all-black kit also has a Stormtrooper-style helmet with a tinted glass visor and a mini task light poking out of the side.

Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces Col. Gen. Oleg Salyukov said in an interview in September; ‘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,’ he said in the interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda paper.

The heat-proof suit is still in the testing phase and is expected to be ready for use by 2020, when it may also be available for purchase by civilians

Footage released shows a man wearing the suit at an unspecified test facility. He appears to walk through flames and stands right next to an explosion

Wearers are protected from the sudden heat of explosions such as grenades and mines though the shock wave from an explosion could still harm them, scientists claim.

The report says the the Ratnik kit comprises five integrated systems that include life support, command and communication, engaging, protection and energy saving subsystems.

It is designed to be used round-the-clock in all weather conditions.

‘The Ratnik comprises a total of 59 items including various bulletproof vests and protective helmets, a combat one-piece garment, a headset with active protection, protective glasses, a grenade launcher, assault rifles, sniper rifles, munition, a combat knife, round-the-clock reconnaissance devices and unified optical and thermal imaging sights,’ it says.

Last month, the Russian military unveiled another Ratnik suit that includes an exo-skeleton, designed to boost strength and stamina, body armor and even a watch capable of surviving a nuclear blast

Earlier this year the armour was put on display at the National University of Science and Technology in Moscow.

A model standing more than six-feet tall wore the suit while cradling a fearsome-looking firearm in a pair of black padded gloves.

His arms were covered in fabric patterned with camouflage print and protected by armoured plates marked with the Russian flag.

On his legs were a pair of bulky shoes resembling ski boots, which were supported by a metal frame wrapped around the waist.

A target designation system will be mounted on the helmet`s faceshield, while the bulletproof vest will be able to stop several bullets.

‘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 said.

The three generation’s of Russia’s RATNIK combat gear are shown here. A model standing more than six-feet tall wore the suit while cradling a fearsome-looking firearm in a pair of black padded gloves

It was put on display at the National University of Science and Technology in Moscow, where a demonstrator talked through its various features

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.

‘The level of technology and the reliability of the elements of servicemen’s outfit is growing,’ said Industrial Director for Rostec’s Armament Cluster Sergey Abramov, according to russian news agency TASS.

‘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.’

Russia also has plans to replace human soldiers with robots to fight on land, air, sea and even outer space.

Lieutenant General Andrey Grigoriev, head of the Advanced Research Foundation, told RIA Novosti last year: ‘I see a greater robotization, in fact, future warfare will involve operators and machines, not soldiers shooting at each other on the battlefield.’

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