If there is one thing that Vladimir Putin understands very well, it is the fact that our world is a dangerous place. And in order to keep most of Russia’s enemies in check, the commander-in-chief of the russian military has chosen to make his country’s armed forces look even more intimidating. An inspiration from science-fiction to create some futuristic-looking new combat suits might just happen to be one option.

The suit, which was developed by Russia’s own Central Research Institute for Precision Machine Building, essentially turns its wearer into a super soldier. It features bullet proof armor plates as well as a helmet that includes a digital heads-up display, and the powered exoskeleton that gives the suit its rigidity can also provide the wearer with superhuman strength, allowing them to carry more weight than would normally be possible.

Quite honestly, it looks exactly like something you’d see out of one of the two most recent ” Call of Duty” titles, and while the suit might look a bit like something an ultra-hardcore street biker would wear, it’s clearly meant to turn a modern soldier into an elite killing machine. At the moment, the suit itself is still in its conceptual stage, but its creators are aiming to have it on the production line within the next several years.

But Russia isn’t the only world power attempting to turn armed combat into a battle between all-powerful supermen; the US military has also been hard at work on its own high-tech gear for soldiers, with development of the TALOS — short for Tactical Light Operator Suit — moving ahead at a brisk pace.

By Mike Wehner and Tom Regan



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