The Russian state corporation Rostec announced the beginning of the development of fourth generation combat equipment, which will replace the Sotnik (third generation) equipment. According to its representative, Bekkhan Ozdoev, the work is at an early stage. It is planned to equip the equipment with fundamentally new technologies, including robotic equipment and integrated information exchange systems.
The armor of the 4th generation will be used as protection, consisting of lightweight polyethylene fiber and armor plating that can withstand a 50-caliber bullet. A fighter equipped with an updated “Centurion” will not experience problems in movement, which will give him the opportunity to take additional weight with him.
As conceived by the developers, “Sotnik” in the future will replace the equipment of the second generation “Ratnik”, which is already in service, which includes 10 subsystems and 59 individual elements, including a modernized body armor capable of withstanding a 7.62 mm caliber bullet, a helmet with an integrated night vision device, flashlight and communication system. In addition, the kit includes an autonomous heater, a backpack, an individual water filter and a first-aid kit.
Among the know-how of the new combat equipment is the electrically controlled material “chameleon”, created by the team of the holding “Ruselectronics”, capable of changing color depending on the environment, joints.