The statement was made by a senior general on Friday (1/10/2021). This system is designed to increase the effectiveness of combat personnel on the battlefield.
Speaking to the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper, General Oleg Salyukov revealed the program known as Ratnik also includes mini and micro UAVs.
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Salyukov is the current head of the Russian Army. “The process of upgrading Ratnik’s combat outfit does not stop for a minute,” he said.
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“With regard to the ‘soldier of the future’ outfit, extensive work has been carried out in the past year, together with domestic industrial companies, to incorporate a new ‘robot’ subsystem as part of a soldier’s combat suit,” he said.
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Salyukov also revealed the Kalashnikov AK-12 is in the process of being delivered to military units. It will eventually replace the AK-74, the standard assault rifle in use.