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    Rostec believes that the new Legionnaire equipment will be lighter and more reliable than the previous ones

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    News agencies reported on the creation of equipment of the future new generation, which is being developed to replace the “Warrior” and “Sotnik” kits, citing sources in the military-industrial complex. It is noted that “a decision was made on the name for the promising equipment of the soldier of the future.” If the previous outfits had “originally Russian” names, then the new project received a more “international” name – Legionnaire.

    The Legionnaire equipment project does not yet exist even on paper, but work on it will soon

    However, the Ratnik equipment did not appear immediately either – it took more than 10 years to upgrade to its current appearance.

    Now we are talking about creating a new generation of combat equipment. Sotnik is, in fact, a modernization of the Ratnik, in which there are more than 60 elements, some of which no longer satisfy the needs of the army, and only about a dozen new elements have been added to the Sotnik. Both of them are not so bad, but in the short term, something fundamentally new will be required – they will have to be replaced by the Legionnaire kit.

    In connection with with the advent of new materials, the Legionnaire equipment will be lighter, more ergonomic and technologically advanced.

    This will be achieved, with a high degree of probability, due to high- and polyethylene used for the production of personal protective equipment. With increased strength and more affordable price, it will reduce the weight of products and increase the level of protection. In Russia, such a thread is produced only by the Center for High-Strength Materials “Reinforced Composites”. Evgeny Kharchenko, General Director of Armocom Central Computer Machinery JSC, has repeatedly spoken in open sources about the need to develop the Superthread project, including for the production of BEV.

    A possible participant in the project of the new BEV “Legionnaire” may be the “Scientific and Production Company” Tekhinkom “. This company from St. Petersburg specializes in areas such as optimizing the appearance of armor elements, taking into account the principle of modular construction of protective equipment. Her designs also include passive weight transfer systems, as well as passive exoskeletons for the lower extremities. Techincom has already submitted its proposals to Rostec for participation in the Legionnaire project. (A letter of application on this matter is at the disposal of Gazeta).

    This is only a small part of the possible participants in the preparation of the Legionnaire research project, new developments of gunsmiths, electronic warfare specialists and optical systems will be used .

    Rostec does not exclude that the equipment of the Legionnaire will allow remote control of ground armored vehicles for reconnaissance and combat purposes.

    “With the predecessors “Warrior” and “Sotnik”, everything is quite clear. The first is more intended for privates and sergeants, the second, more saturated, for command. It cannot be argued here that the Legionnaire will be oriented for use in special operations outside the country or allocated only to PMC fighters. “Legionary” is rather from the Latin plural, suggesting a large number of heavily armed Roman soldiers. It is likely that the new equipment of the Legionnaire serviceman will become massive and most common in the entire Russian army, ”military historian Alexander Shishov told Gazeta. all praise, if the new one is more perfect, then it will be easier and safer for the “soldiers of the future” to fight, ”said Lieutenant General Anatoly Khrulev, a military expert, to Gazeta.

    While BEV The Legionnaire is under development, the equipment of a modern infantryman is represented by the Ratnik complex, which has been supplied to the Ground and Airborne Forces since 2016. Since 2020, all members of the General Forces have been dressed in these kits. It includes modern small arms and a dozen more subsystems.

    The kit also includes a compact radio station, a GLONASS navigator, friend-foe identification sensors, active headphones and a frost-resistant battery (relevant for the regions of the Arctic).

    The bulletproof vest of the “Warrior” on tests withstood ten hits from a sniper rifle (SVD) with conventional and armor-piercing incendiary cartridges. In the event of a wounded soldier and the need to provide him with medical care, this entire “armored capsule” is removed with one movement of a special cable – the vest falls apart. The kit also includes an anatomical helmet, protective ballistic goggles and raid backpacks on an easel frame. It is noteworthy that the aramid fabric used in the equipment does not burn in fire and does not get wet in the rain, and gloves made of refractory material can withstand an open flame for up to 45 seconds.

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