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Modern weapons technology is inching closer to the realm of sci-fi with every passing day, and some of the latest developments out there are pretty bonkers.

To illustrate the point, Russian state-owned military development company Rostec recently unveiled a body armor prototype that can apparently withstand a direct hit from a .50 caliber bullet.

For those of you scratching your heads, a .50 caliber bullet is a pretty big deal, and the one Rostec refers to is the variant used in the M2 Browning heavy machine gun – the .50 BMG.

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Definitely no mosquito bite.

To put it in layman terms, the .50 BMG is much larger than bullets used in typical handguns and pistols, and can measure up to over four times longer (approximately 140mm) than the .45 ACP rounds (32.4mm) used in a Glock – possibly the most popular handgun in the world today.

The .50 BMG (far left) compared against other calibers and a dollar note. IMAGE: Richard C. Wysong II / Wikipedia

Getting hit by a .50 BMG almost always ends horribly, and anyone unlucky enough to get shot almost always dies or at least ends up with some form of heavy and irreparable physical damage. Get the picture yet?

But the new armor – called Sotnik (or “Centurion” when translated from Russian) – will consist of lightweight polyethelene fiber and armor platin, which combined, will apparently be able to withstand direct impact from even the feared .50 BMG.

IMAGE: Task & Purpose

This particular armor is actually the fourth generation in Rostec’s line of super suits, and will look to surpass previous versions in every aspect from durability to technological capability.

According to a Rostec spokesperson, the Sotnik suit will come equipped with “robotic equipment and integrated systems for exchanging information”, and will outdo the outgoing Ratnik suit that already has features like thermal vision, water filtration, self-contained heaters, a medical kit, a gas mask, and integrated communications.

This only solidifies Russia’s position as a maker of seriously advanced battle armor, even beating out the U.S. in this particular field. While the U.S. has made strides to perfect robotic exoskeletons that can improve the physical capabilities of its soldiers, experts believe that they’re still nowhere as advanced as what Russia has displayed so far.

While it sounds pretty rad, the Sotnik armor really is meant for the meanest combat situations with extremely high stakes. Let’s just hope that if we ever get to see it in action, it’ll be on cinema screens and not in real life.

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