Changing Forces: Russia The Russian military has gone through a long, slow journey to modernization. Even 10 years ago, during the Georgian War, Russian soldiers looked like 3rd world fighters due to lack of modern gear. The standard Russian soldier of 2007/8 wore a VSR-98 Flora uniform with a Flora 6B23-1 ballistic vest (or another variant) with a webbing equipment set over top. The standard helmet was the 6B-7 Kevlar, although a large number of troops still had steel SSh-68, as well as a number of other helmets. The Russian soldier was issued the AK-74m as they still are today, although not as many men had optics. Today, the Russian military is standardizing on the Ratnik system. The Ratnik system is a future soldier combat system designed to improve the connectivity and combat effectiveness of the Russian soldier. It includes 59 items such as a combat vest that protects against rifle rounds with the option of thigh and shoulder guards. Soldiers either have a modual set up on their vests or they wear a 6sh117 vest. Ratnik is designed to be worn in layers and has the ability to link up with a computer system and NODs. The standard camouflage of the Russian army is digital flora. Russia may no longer be a world projecting power but the modern Russian army has the power to project in force where ever.