Russian Military Tech more Advanced than US? – ‘Terminator’ Body Armor Suits to Defend Against .50 Caliber Rounds

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The Russian military continues to push the envelope in next generation combat technology, now promising a future fourth-generation body armor suit that will eventually protect its soldier against even the powerful .50 caliber round. Rostec, Russia’s state-owned defense conglomerate, announced that it is developing the fourth generation of its already formidable Sotnik, or ‘Centurion,’ battle armor.

Without delving into too many specifics in the press release, Rostec’s Bekkhan Ozdoev had previously stated, according to Task & Purpose, “that the fourth-generation Sotnik armor will consist of lightweight polyethylene fiber and armor plating that is engineered to withstand a direct shot from a .50 caliber M2 Browning.”

 “The gear will not restrict movement and will allow you to take the extra weight necessary to perform special missions,” said Ozdoev.

Though a battle suit capable of deflecting a .50 caliber round seems like something out of science fiction, the Russian military is “totally serious about this,” said Samuel Bendett, a research analyst focused on Russian military developments at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA).

While the prospect of this futuristic combat armor is worrisome for U.S. and NATO defense planners, the current Russian third-generation Sotnik armor suit, planned for 2025 is impressive enough. This system consists of  “entirely new personal protective equipment and ammunition, offering light armor defense and increasing the soldier’s armament by several times,” according to the Jamestown Foundation.

The Sotnik kit is intended to replace the earlier Ratnik, or ‘Warrior’ package, already battle-tested in Syria. More than 300,000 sets of the various versions of the Ratnik combat gear have already been delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defense since 2013, according to the corporation.

And the current second generation Ratnik-2 system, notes Task & Purpose, is no slouch either. It consists of:

…10 subsystems and 59 individual components, includes modernized body armor designed to withstand 7.62mm rounds, a helmet with a special eye monitor outfitted with a thermal night vision monocular and flashlight, and integrated communication systems. It “also features a self-contained heater, a backpack, an individual water filter, a gas mask, and a medical kit,” according to Army Technology.

But the third-generation Sotnik system rolling out by 2025 will feature a number of impressive innovations, reports Jamestown Foundation:

…including anti-mine boots, an anti-thermal suit to “hide” soldiers from enemy detection, and an anti-radar element. The Sotnik will also integrate the wearer of the system with automated command and control and “micro-drones,” allowing gathered images to be transmitted in real time to the helmet visor or safety glasses. On the electronic glasses, the soldier will see commands, terrain maps and additional relevant data.

No timeline has been provided for the even more futuristic fourth-generation Sotnik ‘Centurion’ system to be deployed, though it will likely not be seen before 2030. Nevertheless, the Russian military appears to be far ahead of the U.S. – at least in terms of developing these advanced infantry combat systems.

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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rocky
rocky
3 months ago

Getting hit with a 50 cal might not penetrate the armer BUT it will do some damage to what ever is behind it!!

D Paul
D Paul
3 months ago

As a four year shipboard Navy veteran, I would comment in line with two 50 cal units on the two sides of the ship. You might deflect from the body but a “head shot” will still take out the target. Therefore, this agenda is impractical.

tracker1
tracker1
2 months ago
Reply to  D Paul

……………..and a hit with a chest shot will STILL break every rib

Doug Walker
Doug Walker
3 months ago

BIG BS !!!
‘NO’ body armor will stop a 50 cal, this is just a psychological psyop !!!
The perpetually lying russkies are probably telling Igor and sven, “It’s ok, guys you can’t get shot, run out there”, and then lining up their replacements !!!

Bobby Huerta
Bobby Huerta
2 months ago
Reply to  Doug Walker

Good point

BOBBY
3 months ago

I was watching the Military channel and saw what a 50 Cal.Armour Piercing Bullet could do . It went through some Hardened Steel like butter,and I saw what damage it can do. I don’t believe the Body Armour could stop a 50 Cal Round. If it could I believe that the Impact alone would take out a solder right away.
BOBBY ~!~

Grampa Mullan
Grampa Mullan
2 months ago
Reply to  BOBBY

I saw the damage to surrounding objects that one of these round did. even anyone standing close would be killed this is normal russian BS that makes their soldiers think themselves invincible so they will attack without fear. they just become cannon fodder to be sacrificed for Mother Russia.——–Grampa

mojo
mojo
3 months ago

And biden like obama wants to defund and destroy our military.
Don’t that give you a warm safe feeling.

Jake
3 months ago
Reply to  mojo

I believe China joe doesn’t have to worry about Russia they’re friends of China and China has their up bidens a$$ telling him how to destroy America from within! Sad the military hasn’t done a coup to save America? We had obama burn the world with the moozlims and biden killing America and the world for China to be top dog! I hope y’all are prepared for hell, I’m working on it!

fabian
fabian
3 months ago

I think effectively that even if doesn’t penetrate, if you get hit by 50 cal in the chest, you die.

Jake
3 months ago
Reply to  fabian

The impact alone will through him back like in the movies getting shot with shotgun 😂, but really the impact I think would destroy the heart spine and lungs!

Camus
Camus
3 months ago

I agree with the other vets comments . A hit with a. .50 cal anywhere on your body and you are in a world of hurt. You may not be killed, but you will be a casualty.

Doug Walker
Doug Walker
2 months ago

BULL$HIT: I want to see someone test this out, ‘nothing’ stops a 50 cal !!

Jojodmonkey
Jojodmonkey
2 months ago

That is the biggest bunch of BS on the planet

Charles Baldwin
Charles Baldwin
2 months ago

All the electronics require batteries. With what is listed very powerful long lasting batteries. When the batteries die all the electronics become dead weight. In an Arctic (Siberian) climate they will not last long. And remember: head shots. Shoot them in the face.

tracker1
tracker1
2 months ago

No. Shoot em inthe leg. When their buddies come to rescue them shoot THEM in the head

proudmomoffive
proudmomoffive
2 months ago

In the meantime, the democrats are undermining our military with a wrecking ball, giving them the deadly covid experimental agent (a.k.a. as “vaccine”, which is anything but) and destroying the powerful and essential male bonding with the introduction and push for transgenders and women, which should not be in the military at all. Now US female service members (and pretend to be females) are allowed to have curls and polish their nails, because apparently that is how you win a war, by being inclusive and politically correct. Not to mention the purging of the armed forces of every good, conservative and Christian men going on, we want the godless sissy millenials left. And with these caricatures, we will face the mighty Russian military. Heck even the French are developing next gen armor.

Grampa Mullan
Grampa Mullan
2 months ago

the irresistible force meeting the immovable object? well I am no expert in physics but something will move and will still be felt from the shock wave that will still be present. it will continue and make mush of anything in the path of that force. unless they have found a way to redirect it whoever gets hit will wish they didn’t survive with all the damage it will cause.———Grampa

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Ithamar
Ithamar
2 months ago

Meanwhile the Biden “Affirmative Action” Secretary of Defense is filling the ranks of American armed forces with women, minorities, and transgenders as he purges Christians and patriots.

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