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I dare to say Russians always had the most sophisticated optical systems, with the robotic sights being the latest addition. People always nagged, that they will never be put into service, too expensive, yada, yada, yada .
Well, things changed: They are being deployed in Syria right now.
Interested in the specifics, or have you never head about robotic sights at all?
The PK-AS is a versatile, compact and waterproof sight with a rather unique working principle made by BelOMO (БелОМО) in Belarus.
Often people refer to it as reflex sight or red dot, which does no justice to its capabilities at all. Why? Take a look at these two photos:
In my long hunt for a Kamysh BDU type Suit in my size (58/5) and in somehow “mint” or “new” condition, I finally stumbled upon this sweet and high quality Magellan made MPA-4 Summer Suit on the selling section of Red-Alliance.net Forums.
The NSP-2 is a generation 0 active infra red night vision sight. It is quite heavy and bulky, but when you think back to the 1960s this device was very advanced for its time. This one was build in Czechoslovakia, but it was developed by the Novosibirsk instrument-making plant (Новосибирского приборостроительного завода).
It uses a high powered infra red light to illuminate the area, like all active infra red night visions. The single stage image intensifier (or converter) tube provides a pretty clear and sharp image for a gen0+ tube.