You're kidding right? Up until a year or so ago the only armor in use (Defender II) was the exact same armor since 2000 or so just in "updated" carriers. Heavy steel combined with heavy and thick soft armor.
Even the newer stuff (FORT Gladiator) is behind current American offerings.
Defender is 2000 technology, FSB didn't have the funds to buy newer better stuff until recently.
What did US have in 2000? IBA? PBPV? Doesn't seem any better to me.
Current stuff uses plates that are on par with ESAPI (heavier but can take more hits before shattering) and the same kevlar, twaron and other para-aramids the whole world uses. All that is stuffed in Cordura carriers. You could argue those are not cutting edge, but Russia doesn't have a huge competitive market like US for high end manufacturers like Crye, BFG, First Spear, TYR to shave off ounces and fight for maximum comfort.
Helmets are even worse. You guys were using titanium helmets up until 2005, and even now what about that abortion of a helmet that is the Kiver?
Using titanium helmets has to do with our traditional SOP - "if you wear armor at all, might as well wear the heaviest sturdiest one". Modern "heavy" helmets (Altyn and Rys-T's descendants) are IIIA all around, including visor and glass. Even level IV helmets are available, but those are really heavy and I've only seen them on display during industry shows.
Kiver-m - 1.6kg weight, 248sq. inch coverage, 6.5g per square inch
FAST Maritime (L/XL) - 1.2kg weight, 100 sq. inch coverage, 12g per square inch
Doesn't sound that bad to me.
That all being said - I don't see Ops-Core losing any money over this. Russians who are willing to shell the dough to import Ops-Cores are still going to go that route I would imagine.
My point had nothing to do with Ops-Core losing any money. It was about not being ashamed of your local manufacturers copying proven successful designs instead of trying to reinvent the wheel. There is only so much ways to strap a bucket to your head.