Natural Wonders

Extreme Military Testing: Watch “Bomb-Proof” Suit Protect Russian Soldier From Multiple Explosions

If you think your job is bad, look at what this brave female soldier had to do.

Screenshot: YouTube (via Rokossovskiy Konstantin).

Look, alright, we get it. Sometimes scientific research can be dangerous. That’s why science teachers at school have such a hissy-fit whenever the bunsen burners are getting a session, or whenever you momentarily remove your safety goggles to untangle some eyelash hairs.

Now, if you’ve been on the Mpora wagon for a while you’ll no doubt be aware of our fascination with videos featuring crazy Russians doing crazy things. Sometimes these videos have something vaguely to do with science, and sometimes they’re just a father shooting his bombproof-helmet-wearing-son in the face. The one thing they all have in common though is that madness runs through the heart of them.

Screenshot: YouTube (via Rokossovskiy Konstantin).

This one, featuring a Russian female soldier walking through a field of explosions to test a supposedly explosion-proof suit, treads a fine line between scientific research and pure lunacy. It’s like, “Yeah…we get it. You’re testing something. But, really, come on, surely there are safer ways to test this. And even if you’ve tested this thoroughly, and are supremely confident it will hold up, don’t do it. Just…don’t.”

Screenshot: YouTube (via Rokossovskiy Konstantin).

Russia has gone so far as to claim that The Terminator is no match for a soldier who can walk bravely through a field of bombs wearing an “explosive-proof suit.”

Dmity Rogozon, the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, posted a video of the bomb-tester to his own personal Facebook page, and commented that the time-travelling killing machine made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger is “a sad excuse” compared to the individuals that make up the Russian military.

Rogozon then invoked some seriously dated old-school sexism by adding that “If we have this kind of girl, imagine the guys we have.”

Rather bizarrely, the video concludes with the clearly hard-as-nails blonde-haired Russian woman removing her headgear and then flicking her hair about like it’s all been done in the name of a dystopian L’Oréal Paris advert. The female soldier then gets presented with a handful of big red roses. It’s odd, and vaguely romantic.

For obvious reasons, you probably shouldn’t try this at home. Even if you’ve got a load of oven gloves knocking about, we’d recommend that you don’t weave them together to make a flame-retardant “bomb-proof” suit of your own. It probably wouldn’t protect you from an explosion, and you’d look a bit silly trying it out.

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