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Russia unveil Stormtrooper-like soldier armour

Russia have unveiled a high-tech soldiers armour.

The new piece of kit - which has been likened to the suits worn by the Stormtroopers in 'Star Wars' - comes with night vision and a complete exoskeleton, created to increase strength and stamina of the wearer when fighting.

The exoskeleton is made from titanium and is strapped to the body; it can be computer controlled, meaning the soldier is able to carry weapons for longer time periods.

Underneath the exoskeleton is a combat suit, which is a traditional camouflage pattern and is water-resistant, has an adjustable temperature and can protect the wearer from small naked flames.

The boots are not only flame-proof like the suit but they also have mine detection sensors built in and can protect the wearer from debris, bullets or even landmines. A bulletproof neck protector and body armour complete the suit.

However, it is the digital helmet that has the most technically advanced software. It has a torch and night vision built in and is armoured to protect the wearer's face. On the screen of the glasses, there is information about the target area as well as a display that shows the solider's health. All is powered by a battery pack, located on the back of the legs.

Oleg Chikarev, Deputy Chief of Weapons Systems, said: "On display is our vision of the suit we would like to develop within the next couple of years."

The suit was created by the Central Research Institute for Precision Machine Building, a weapons development centre in Moscow.

Russia are also keen to develop remote-controlled robots, which would fight on the battlefield.

Lieutenant General Andrey Grigoriev, head of the Advanced Research Foundation, had said previously: "I see a greater robotisation, in fact, future warfare will involve operators and machines, not soldiers shooting at each other on the battlefield."

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