In Russia, work has begun on the creation of a new, fourth generation of combat equipment intended for "soldiers of the future." The development was ordered by the Russian Ministry of Defense. The press service of Rostec reports.
The new equipment should in the future replace the third-generation "Sotnik" equipment, which in turn will replace the second-generation "Ratnik" equipment currently supplied to the troops. The specialists of the companies included in Rostec have embarked on the stage of research and development.
TsNIITochmash, Kalashnikov concern and a number of other companies are taking part in the work. At the stage of research and development, combat equipment of foreign armies will be analyzed and the prospects for the development of Russian combat equipment of the fourth generation will be determined. At the first stage, the tactical and technical characteristics of the future equipment will be determined, which has not even received a name yet.
As explained in Rostec, it is planned to create a fundamentally new complex, which will include new protection and life support systems, robotic equipment and integrated information exchange systems, new weapon.
Currently, the Russian army is receiving the second-generation "Ratnik" combat equipment, while Rostec is developing the third-generation "Sotnik" equipment. As noted, some of the elements created for the Centurion are already undergoing preliminary tests. It is planned that the first sets of third generation combat equipment will enter the troops in 2025.