Russia upgrades Strelets reconnaissance system – Part 1


Leading world countries have been developing the outfit of the soldier of the 21st century since the end of the last century. Russia has been engaged in R&D to develop the outfit since the late 1990s. Strelets reconnaissance, control and communications system is an element of the outfit, the Independent Military Review writes.
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Ratnik outfit comprising modern protection, communications, observation, aiming means, guns and munitions was developed from Barmitsa set in 2011. Strelets is a subsystem of Ratnik. (Picture source: Russian MoD)


Ratnik outfit comprising modern protection, communications, observation, aiming means, guns and munitions was developed from Barmitsa set in 2011. Strelets is a subsystem of Ratnik. It was designed by Radioavionika company and accepted into service in 2007.

The latest upgrade halved Strelets weight to 2.4 kg. The system is ergonomically carried by a soldier and does not impede his movement. The upgraded system is water-resistant at a depth of one meter. It was tested in various conditions ranging from the Arctic to Syria (from -40 to +50°C). Russian commandos praised Strelets.

The upgrade of the complex is ongoing and trials of Strelets-M are underway. It will provide to the ground forces with the capabilities they could only dream of during the war in Afghanistan. In the 1980s, reconnaissance teams could see moving hostile vehicles but could not destroy them because one of the main problems was the absence of rapid transmission of data to the command for target destruction. Strelets accelerates at least twice the transmission of reconnaissance data to the command. It is operated by army reconnaissance and commandos.

The system provides control and information to the soldier-detachment-platoon-company link operating on combat hardware and on foot at the tactical level. It is the main communications and control means integrated into the Ratnik outfit. Data is transmitted in an internal radio network at a speed of 11 Mbit/sec to a distance of 1500 meters in direct visibility. Scouts can communicate right after jumping with parachutes from an aircraft and determine their location in three minutes with a 10-meter error.

The commander receives real-time information on his group members, their state and position. A scout has to press several buttons and his coordinates or hostile coordinates will appear on the commander’s computer. The commander can control his subordinates in hostile rear areas.


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