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Shamans: Marines receive equipment of the future in 2014

Commander of the airborne forces told about the progress of a promising Russian soldier outfit

Feb 22, 2012, 12:04

Text: Konstantin Kobyakov


The commander of airborne troops Vladimir Shamanov hopes that the Marines will begin to outfit soldier of the future in 2014. The General spoke about the existing disadvantages of the equipment and expressed the hope that they will be eliminated. In addition, Shamans revealed the intention of the airborne forces to get their hands on a helicopter.

The beginning of deliveries of advanced combat equipment of a soldier in the Russian airborne troops (VDV) is expected in a year or two, told in exclusive interview of RIA “news” the commander of airborne troops, Hero of Russia Lieutenant-General Vladimir Shamanov.

“Call me an optimist, but I expect that we will begin equipment of the airborne forces future combat equipment domestic production after a couple of years,” he said.

From the words Shamanov can be concluded that the work on the creation of promising military equipment of the soldier (BES) is currently underway. The project is supervised by a working group of the General purpose forces under the leadership of commander of Land forces. It is composed of representatives of the airborne forces. At the same Shamans told about the existing weaknesses of the domestic BES, on removing which currently employs constructors.

“Today from the elements of combat equipment need improvement the means of GLONASS – location accuracy of a soldier or armored vehicle on the battlefield is insufficient. As the resolving power of optical instruments,” – said the commander of airborne troops.

He hopes that the designers will be able to improve the problematic parameters. According to Shamanov, the first new production in 2014 is expected to reconnaissance units. After them promising equipment will be given to fighters of battalions of the first stage – pieces, designed for immediate operational use and Autonomous combat operations.

Recall, the Russian prototype of the future combat soldier’s equipment “Permian” was presented at the aerospace show MAKS-2011. According to the developers of the new BES, soldier, clad in the “Permian” has been able to transmit a picture of the battlefield and targeting coordinates directly to the headquarters. The BES prototype is equipped with a Communicator with a chip GLONASS and GPS, which allows you to better navigate the terrain and to carry out applied calculations.

Protection “Permyatski have the sixth class protection and save from a shot from a sniper rifle SVD from a distance of 10 meters. The weapons set was the Kalashnikov of the latest modification equipped with a grenade launcher, sights day and night vision, as well as a video module, allows you to fire from cover or from behind a corner.

However, after the MAKS-2011, the military claimed that the “Permian” can not yet be considered a full set of equipment, as it is an “easy Assembly” of particular elements of communication system, destruction, protection). On completion “of Permyatski” the manufacturer gave three years.

Meanwhile, in an interview with the news Agency Vladimir Shamanov was not limited to the story of a promising BES, declaring the intention of the airborne forces to get their hands on army aircraft. The General said, that Marines support the higher management.

“The issue is studied by the General staff. Our position is supported in the Main command of Land forces, and in the main operations Directorate of the General staff of the Armed forces of the Russian Federation”, – said the General.

According to Shamanov, we are talking primarily about helicopters. According to the commander, such a technique could increase airborne, both from the point of view of training fighters, and in the conduct of actual combat operations.

“Today we have arranged the even one handed to us in online submission and stationed not far from any of our ranges of helicopter brigade,” said Shamanov, explaining that the ideal option would be to include regiments or brigades of army aviation in the composition of the compounds of the airborne forces.


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