Kite In-Line Weapon Sights Selected by ADF

Kite In-Line

Qioptiq announced that the company secured a contract to supply the Australian Defense Forces (ADF) with its Kite In-Line Weapon Sights. The sights are part of the Australia Department of Defence LAND 125 3C project.

The Kite In-Line Weapon Sight is a night vision device that mounts in front of a magnified day sight. It amplifies ambient light to produce an image that allows the soldier to see beyond 1,000 meters in normal night time conditions. According to the company’s website, a soldier is able to recognize a standing man at 500 meters in very low light situations (1×10‾³ lux).

LAND 125 3C Project

The LAND125 3C Project is an effort by the Australian Defence Forces to upgrade its soldiers’ ability to fight. In 2015, it was announced that the Department of Defence selected the Austeyr F88 (also known as the enhanced F88 or EF88) rifle. Australia has employed the original F88 for nearly 30 years.

EF88 Rifle

According to the Australian Army, the first Austeyr F88 rifles were deployed to the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) in 2015. Early feedback from soldiers seems to be positive. According to the army’s website, additional rifles will be deployed to other units starting this year.

The LAND 125 3C Project doesn’t just provide new rifles. Instead it provides for new and/or upgraded accessories such as the Kite In-Line Weapon Site.

Side note: It sounds like Lithgow Arms will be importing a US version of the EF88 soon.



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  • Suppressed

    That’s crazy that it basically sees through that big black circlular piece of plastic on the front lens.

    I’m assuming that’s what it does anyway? I don’t think that’s a lens cap or anything.

    • spotr

      It works like those modern telescopes that look like big coffee cans. The old telescopes were very long. The Catadioptric (Yes, I had to look up the word) telescopes and sights can be made a lot shorter, which is a very important factor when putting 2 optics on top of a rifle. Here is my simplistic sketch of the 2 different scopes.

  • Suppressed

    On another note, I always thought the Steyr AUG’s were aesthetically pleasing rifles, but this one looks like butt.

    • AMX

      It certainly looks peculiar… Near as I can tell, it’s an A1 Special Receiver, with a heavy barrel, quad rail connected to the integrated rail, and set up for left-hand ejection.

      Plus the sight and grippod, of course.

    • Oipret

      That rifle is not the EF88 rifle Australia now uses, it’s a standard Steyr Aug

  • Ben

    At $11k (basing price off of FLIR’s PVS-27) a piece, that’s really expensive to be putting on regular infantryman’s guns. It was designed, at least the FLIR was which this seems to be based off of, for long-range precision work, not for standard troops. Catadioptric lenses used for these kinds of sights aren’t designed for the tumbling regular ground troops experience. That front “cap” on it is effectively a suspended mirror.

    • vallan

      Australian infantry is very high tech, they were the first to adopt nightvision as standard equipment for example.

    • Stephen Brasher

      The kite will only be issued to Section Commanders (Squad Leaders) and Designated Marksmen within the Section. The Section Commander’s EF88 will have the Grip-Pod, the DMR will have a Harris bipod. The standard sight for all will be the Elcan.

  • jay

    So, what’s with the “NATO-STD’s”? Doesn’t anyone use protection anymore? ;-}