For those that are not familiar with the ELCAN model that the LDS is based on, you can read my detail write-up of the ELCAN Specter OS 4X here. The last component of the L85 bullpup that needs to be update is its SUSAT optic. Over two years ago the British military have chosen the ELCAN Lightweight Day Sight (LDS), which is based on the ELCAN Specter OS 4X model, as the replacement of the SUSAT sight. Although the UK MoD have been buying the Trijicon ACOG 4×32 sight as the substitute of the obsolescent SUSAT sight for some of their deployed troops in Afghanistan, but that’s regarded as a temporary solution. Many assumed that the combat proven Trijicon ACOG 4×32 would be the logical successor of the SUSAT on the L85 bullpup.


The announcement of the selection of the Canadian-made fixed 4-power ELCAN within one year of its introduction by the UK MoD was a surprise. It’s interesting that the British military didn’t consider the switchable-magnification ELCAN Specter DR 1x/4x model, which is in service with the U.S. Special Forces as the SU-230/PVS-C. I can only presume the reason probably has to do with the 1x/4x model’s heavier weight, 50% higher cost and the optical compromise due to using a complex lens mechanism.

Soldier from 4 RIFLES on Exercise in Kenya

Noted that a mini red-dot sight was added to the ELCAN sight as part of the LDS package. The piggyback mounted mini red-dot is the homegrown Shield CQB, which 20,000 have been acquired by the British Army. ELCAN also developed a similar size mini red-dot sight know as the ELCAN MRDS for their Specter line of small arms optic. From the look of the objective lens and the relocated battery compartment, the ELCAN MRDS seems to be based on the Shield design but with a more robust housing.


I’m interested to see if Armament Technology, the distributor and service provider of ELCAN, would make the ELCAN LDS and the ELCAN MRDS available to the commercial market in the near future.


Writer and gear editor with articles published in major gun publications. A five year combat veteran of the US Marine Corps, Tim is also part of Point & Shoot Media Works, a producer of photography, video and web media for the firearms and shooting sport industry. Tim’s direct contact: Tyan.TFB -at- gmail.com


  • FourString

    Those L85A2’s, in combination with that ELCAN, look mighty sweet.

  • Nicholas Mew

    Mean while a Syrian is using what is on hand and firing 500 meter plus pot shots.

    • michael

      holy $hit, he’s shooting what I think he’s shooting

      • tt_ttf

        Yeah that’s an StG44……

        • michael

          I’d gladly trade him one of my rifles for his:)

  • Frosty_The_White_Man

    Considering the musical score, British soldiers, and camera work….this could pass for a deleted scene in 28 Days Later.

    • Ivan Relppa

      Read my mind. LOL

  • Nielsen

    Did that guy at 1:07 just run in a serpentine pattern?

    “Serpentine, serpentine!”

    • avconsumer2

      lol – he did.

      • Rob in Katy

        No one gets that these days, one of the funniest bits in any movie!

  • vereceleritas

    At 2:16, there’s a rifle with an offset mounted EOTech. Is that an aiming system for the grenade launcher?

    • Joe Schmoe


  • noob

    hmm. wasn’t FIST supposed to be all Land Warrior-ish with wearable computers and one-touch-artillery-fire-missions and moving maps and personal air conditioners?

    This iteration looks kinda incremental compared to the grand plans at the start of the project? What is next?

    • Timothy G. Yan

      No money. They have to cut back the military, so they can keep the welfare program going. The SUSAT sight needed to replaced 10-years ago.

  • The Shield CQB has just won Best Target Acquisition Product at the Soldier Technology Awards 2013. It has been described as a ‘game changer’ by the troops as it lets them operate with both eyes open, maintaining all round situational awareness.