‘Future Soldier’ to watch over Russia and France
Russia is set to purchase French advanced “future soldier” equipment FELIN, which provides infantrymen with improved close-combat capability and includes body armor, bullet proof vest, ballistic helmet and other hi-tech devices.
The sides have already reached an agreement on the matter, Russia’s Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Thursday.
For a start, Russia plans to buy a pilot batch of “soldier of the future” sets to test the system and “feel it,” the defense chief noted, as cited by RIA Novosti.
Currently, Russia is developing its own hi-tech system Ratnik (Warrior) as part of the Soldier Military Equipment (BES) program. It incorporates more than 40 modules, including body armor, firearms, optical, communication and navigation devices, life support and power supply systems, and knee and elbow pads. As announced earlier, the kit has performed well in recent tests.