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02 July 2017

Russia reveals prototype ‘stormtrooper’ combat suit

 

This screen capture from Russian state-run news service Ruptly shows a concept combat suit which looks remarkably like that of a Star Wars storm trooper.

RUSSIAN military scientists have presented their vision of future warfare. And it looks an awful lot like a Star Wars Imperial Shadow Stormtrooper.

The prototype combat suit was revealed last week by the Central Research Institute for Precision Machine Building in Moscow.

It boasts a watertight, flame resistant suit, a helmet incorporating a heads-up display and breathing filtration unit, and a portable computer and battery pack.

It’s all attached to a titanium exoskeleton to distribute the weight so as not to tire out the trooper it encases.

Even the boots are high-spec: These come with built-in mine detectors.

Russian state-run media company Ruptly says the suits are expected to complete development within ‘a couple of years’.

The combat suit is just one of a swath of future weapons systems being boasted about in Russian state-run media as part of a push to revitalise the country’s military.

Star Wars 'Rogue One' introduced a new kind of stormtrooper to the universe, the 'Shadow Trooper'.

Star Wars ‘Rogue One’ introduced a new kind of stormtrooper to the universe, the ‘Shadow Trooper’.Source:Supplied

Models of future battlecruiser and aircraft carrier designs have also been bandied about.

The Project 2300E carrier, which looks an awful lot like the United Kingdom’s new HMS Queen Elizabeth, was named “Shtorm” when details first emerged in 2015. It was supposed to have been available at a bargain-basement cost of $US5.5 billion.

And an enormous new nuclear-powered ‘battlecruiser’ was touted as a mobile missile arsenal.

A model displayed at a trade show of the future Russian aircraft carrier design 'Storm'.

A model displayed at a trade show of the future Russian aircraft carrier design ‘Storm’.Source:Supplied

Whether or not Russia’s cash-strapped, embargo-choked economy can turn any of these dreams into reality remains to be seen.

Last month Moscow conceded it had been forced to delay the construction of the new nuclear-powered ‘super ships’.

But some big-ticket items have received fresh funding. This includes orders for new variants of the Sukhoi Flanker combat jet, the PAK-FA/T-50 stealth fighter and the ultra-secret PAK-DA stealth bomber.

But even here Moscow’s ambitions have been scaled back. The PAK-FA order is much smaller than expected, with only about 12 aircraft to be built.

The proposed future Russian battle-cruiser design.

The proposed future Russian battle-cruiser design.Source:Supplied

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