FELIN vs Barmista Warrior Future Soldier System
The program "A soldier of the future", supported by armies of many countries around the world, will help to equip soldiers with the latest technology in order to increase their effectiveness in combat. This program includes the modernization of armaments, not only soldiers, but the technology and body armor, surveillance systems, as well as increasing the mobility of an individual soldier by the presence of individual portable energy sources.
In the late 1990s, France started the program FELIN, designed to create complex weapons infantryman of the XXI century. FELIN (Fr. abbreviation Fantassin a Equiperments et Liassons Integres) - a set of individual equipment, featuring a modular design and open architecture, the so-called future soldier kit. In Russia it was first shown at MAKS-2009 and even then he drew the attention of our military.
The head of Russian Armed Forces General Staff, Army General Nikolai Makarov, said that the Ministry of Defense plans to buy several sets of equipment for testing. The kit includes tools FELIN body armor based on his waistcoat and unloading which are mounted armored, backpack with a capacity for potable water, as well as space for the spare stores and hand grenades.
What is a Russian KBES? The same elements as in FELIN, only domestic production. This battle set the security 6B21 "Permyachka or costume crew BM 6B15" Cowboy ", the machine Nikonov AN94, SVD sniper rifle with a sight 1PN106-01 machine gun panel 'Pecheneg." Fighters can use thermal imaging sight, "Shahin" and TV sight.
True, it weighs a full set of 36 kg and the other parameters it is not inferior, according to representatives of the Central Scientific Research Institute "Tochmash" French. In addition, "Permyachka" was tested during the fighting in the North Caucasus, where shown, according to experts CRI "Tochmash" very positive results. Moreover, it has developed a promising KBES "Warrior," which will be used all the latest achievements of science and technology, including such popular today nanotechnology.
What to choose? In economic terms, domestic KBES is much cheaper. Then, as an old Russian proverb says, not all gold that glitters. For example, the former chief weapons of the Armed Forces, Colonel-General Anatoly Sitnov argues that Western military equipment is not better than ours, and sometimes worse.
No need to believe Hollywood movies, where the Americans or the French war in the desert at 38-40 degrees plus with raised bronevorotnikami dressed as knights in armor vests, special protective clothing, helmets, boots. This gear can not only run but also to breathe, or just sit, Boil, as soft-boiled egg. Or perhaps, hard-boiled. And experts on arms is generally considered that in Western KBES'll either tear armored collar or trim back the helmet, because in certain positions firing lying down, try to raise as an infantryman's head, the helmet certainly rested in the back and collar will slip on the eye.
And in this situation is very difficult to shoot. The same number of Western vests are inferior to bullet resistance and vitality to domestic developments. Perhaps he was right the head of "Rosoboronexport" Anatoly Isaikin, when, in answer to a question about buying Western weapons, he replied that it was necessary to buy "a certain number of samples for comparative tests." This, he says, is absolutely normal. Already a batch, mass production should be organized in Russia.
Infantryman can use personal weapons: machine gun FAMAS F1, light machine gun FN Minimi sniper rifle and FR-F2. All these weapons are equipped with new sights and day and night vision, c improved means targeting, as well as small-sized camcorder. Combat helmet kit has built-in communications and optoelectronic processing system and display information. In addition, this helmet is built in a protective mask for use in case of enemy weapons of mass destruction.
It allows the soldier, not removing it, eat, drink and even smoke what else is good is the system? Using its fighters ever know the exact location of their comrades and the enemy can negotiate without raising his voice even at the strongest din of battle. The weight of the kit is not more than 26 pounds. Well, its value is large enough - about 45 thousand dollars
Is there a similar development in Russia? There is. At MAKS -2011 exhibition in CRI "Tochmash" was first presented to the new Russian military equipment set soldier (KBES) type "Barmitsa", developed by leading role of the Institute with the participation of more than 20 enterprises of the national defense. The kit, which includes the basic elements of system destruction, protection, management, and life-energy, aroused great interest among domestic and foreign experts, media representatives and visitors.