Exoskeleton, Invisibility Helmet and Robots: “Army-18” as an indicator of the development of the military-industrial complex
The annual Army-2018 military-technical forum started in Russia, which, in fact, can be called a kind of indicator of the development of the national military-industrial complex. As part of the event, defense enterprises of the Russian Federation demonstrate the most advanced developments, oriented both to the near future and to the long-term perspective.
It is reported that at least 150 of the latest and conceptual models of equipment will be demonstrated at the forum, and the company is already preparing for a series of equipment that has been talked about for a long time - equipment on the Armata platform, Su-57 with the Dagger, BTR- 87 etc. - make humanoid Robots, exoskeletons and even “invisible equipment”.
Innovative camouflage coating was represented by holdings "Roselectronica" and "TsNIItochmash." The capabilities of the technology were demonstrated by the example of a soldier’s helmet. According to the developer, the electrically-controlled material can change color depending on the terrain landscape and weather conditions, which makes equipment almost invisible.
The material can be used to disguise soldiers and equipment. It is expected that the elements with innovative coating will be included in the equipment of the "soldier of the future." Speaking about equipping the soldiers of the future, in recent years there has been a broad discussion of developments that help increase the physical capabilities of a fighter - exoskeletons. At the same time, the Army-2018 was no longer a concept, but a very specific prototype that had been tested in power structures.
The exoskeleton is made of carbon fiber and is a hinged-lever mechanism, the task of which is to unload the soldier’s musculoskeletal system, primarily during combat operations and long marches. The option presented at the forum is autonomous, since it does not have servo drives and, accordingly, power sources, however, as noted by Rostec, there is also an active complete set of the exoskeleton. The only negative - it weighs twice as much.
In turn, the Kalashnikov concern, which traditionally surprises the public at military-technical forums, showed a number of promising models of equipment, including an anthropomorphic robot and an army buggy. The “Igorek” robot, which was immediately compared with the robot guard from the “Robocop” film, will be used to solve engineering and combat tasks, and next year the group representatives promised to show the development of this program. Recall that last year Kalashnikov demonstrated two robotic platforms, the Companion and the Freeloader, which caused a serious interest among the defense ministry.
And yet, most of the equipment presented at the Army 2018 is what the army can count on today. This is equipment on the Unified Armata platform at the head of the T-14, the production of which will still be small-scale. Updated BMB T-15, which acquired a new combat module and anti-tank systems. "Octopus", which after the last transformation can be safely called easy a tank, BTR-87, which became the logical conclusion of the line of proven and reliable armored personnel carriers, the latest armored vehicles, such as the Tiger, Wolf and the Bear, a number of reconnaissance and attack unmanned vehicles, electronic warfare systems and much, much more.
There is no doubt that until August 26, Army-2018 will present to the guests of the forum and, obviously, the specialists of the competing powers that follow the event still have a lot of surprises, because, as you know, the most interesting thing is held in the end.
- andrei kovrin
- rbc.ru, vesti.ru, tass.ru, rg.ru, vk.com
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