Berkut. the E in Irbis-E mean it's an export designation.
Let's check out the facts: The principal suppliers of armor for the FSB and MVD are FORT and Classcom respectively. NII Stali and Armocom also produce the current generation heavy ballistic helmets supplied to these organizations.
At the elite level of Russian CT and LEO, these manufacturers supply the armor carriers, armor inserts, armor plates, helmets, and armored suits. Today, in 2012, TsSN FSB is wearing FORT gear with confidence.
There's a difference between range gear and combat gear. For example, several Alfa soldiers bought Flyye replica Crye Combat Chassis as a range vest. Is there a problem with that?
Some Russian soldiers in the MVD and FSB buy helmets that were made in the UK, USA, and Israel. You can see things like MSA MICH and RBR MKII/PASGT in photos for quite some time. What's the problem with this? These helmets are manufactured by commercial entities, not national governments.
Clearly you don't see the full picture. You're talking about "very nice kit" from Russian producers. That's kind of a vague and uninformed comment. Read my post and come back with questions if you have any. Otherwise enjoy the photos in this photo thread...
A Yak 130 takes part in a flying display at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, southern England, on July 9, 2012.
I understood you, but, how do you limit road side Bomber, IED bombers, Truck Bombers to 6.4Kgs.
What I would be asking is, who can design the best design, to eliminate any hazard to the occupants, at the highest level of Explosive Charge.
Ground Up, V Hull, get rid of all the unnecessary exterior crap. An explosion, large or small will follow the path of least resistant!
I know, I stood in their way.
It is but a matter of concern, that when I see countries alternate sorcing materials of WAR, that I personally would ONLY do it as a Last resort!
Thinks that are operated by electronics, controlled by electronics, on and on, can, and are all designed with backdoors in their program(s)
and could be played withj during times of conflict. It is always best to be safe and not sorry!
When you deal with a people, that have set themselves up as money lenders, bankers, controllers of other peoples and states
Beware. Moses tried for 950 year to teach them religion and was told to shut up or they woulg kill him.
So, the moral to this story is, wheither you are planning War or It comes upon you, you can only be prepared
and trust that which you have made.
I have see elsewhere herein, the statement suggesting to attempt individuals rights to alternate sorce weapons and equipment.
Don't be come so controlling as to limit the very Heart of Russia, the Heros of the Russian Federation by attempting to restrict their wear, their weapons or whatever.
Hell, Anatoli Lebed built his own jeep, and yet, knew how to dress for the occasion, a true Hero of the Russian Federation and a man after my own Heart!