Russia's New Stormtrooper Combat Suits Can Withstand Nuclear Blast
Leave it to Russia to create nuclear war-resistant combat gear fit for a modern Stormtrooper.
Don't you hate it when a nuclear bomb goes off and your watch stops working? Russia feels your pain, which is exactly why they've gone ahead and invented a suit that won't just withstand a nuclear blast - it's a peek into the future of nuclear warfare.
One of the latest upgrades to the intense Ratnik 3 combat gear designed for the nation's military is a self-winding, shockproof watch that is resistant to electromagnetic impacts and water.
"The level of technology and the reliability of the elements of servicemen's outfit is growing," said Sergey Abramov, Industrial Director for Rostec's Armament Cluster.
"Correspondingly, the level of a soldier's capabilities on the battlefield is increasing. This new development by Central Scientific Research Institute for Precision Machine Engineering is another step in this direction."
Other details of the futuristic powered exoskeleton armor were unveiled this past summer at Moscow's National University of Science and Technology.
It's hard not to make comparisons to Star Wars after seeing the revolutionary combat gear, but the specs on the Rostec-designed suits make Stormtroopers look like toy soldiers.
The full face helmet protects soldiers from the elements and attack, but also reportedly includes a pop-up display so that mission information can be reviewed on the go.
Not only is the suit something ripped from the latest season of Black Mirror, designers claim that the suit itself boosts stamina and strength, and a sizzle reel for the prototype also shows it relaying the wearer's vitals back to a monitoring system.
Oleg Chikarev, Deputy Chief of Weapons Systems at the Central Research Institute for Precision Machine Building, said that the plan is to start production on the suits in the next "couple of years."
With continuing upgrades like the nuke-proof timepieces, it's unclear whether or not that timetable is still in place.