Kazakh made Thermal Sights adopted by Turkey

Jane’s has reported that the joint Kazakh and Turkish defense company Kazakhstan Aselsan Engineering has begun export of the Python thermal weapons sight to Turkey. The company is jointed owned by both Turkish and Kazakh partners, with a manufacturing base in Kazakhstan. The factory was opened up in 2014 and also focuses on heavier armament such as tanks and helicopters. The deal is worth $5.8 million and will allow Turkish snipers and machine gunners to have a thermal capability. The entire deal and cooperation is indicative of a very solidified and concrete relationship between the two countries in the defense industry.

Based on the previous Boa thermal sight and although larger than most currently fielded U.S. or European thermal optics, the Python has the ability to clip to a nonintrusive heads up display that can be attached to a soldier’s helmet. This could possibly allow for a sniper to shoot his rifle accurately, without even raising his head above cover. It also appears that the system is using a number of digital features, something that we are probably going to be seeing more of in the coming years when it comes to thermal/IR or even regular scopes being adopted for military application.

Frequency Band Long Wave Infrared
Detector Uncooled Microbolometer
Detector Size 384 x 288 pixels
Magnificiation 3X
Görüş Açısı 9.0° x 6.75°
Min. Focus Range 20 m
Electronic Zoom x2 and x4
Weight  (w/o accessories) 1.7 kg
Input Voltage 5-15 VDC
Video Output CCIR-50 Hz
Remote Control RS-232
Mechanical Interface MIL-STD-1913 (Picatinny)





Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv


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  • TDog

    “This here is a state of the art Kazakh thermal sight – big. Heavy. Heavy is good. If it breaks, you can always hit them with it.”

    • glenn cheney

      There is an American system, retail approx. 800. Link is buried somewhere.
      I’m looking.

      • TDog

        I’m 100% certain that the US system is nowhere near as huge. When it comes to optics, it’s hard to beat the US or Germany.

        • glenn cheney

          The item I saw was smaller similar in shape and FDE.

    • mazkact

      “Ez NICE I LIKE” Borat. Someone had to do it.

  • john huscio

    Pan Turanism at work

  • glenn cheney

    TURKS building their own this, their own that, mfg safely behind red lines.
    Why am I the only one watching Turkey become less moderate, more radicalized, traditionally more business bound to Russia than Europe.
    Erdogan moving away from NATO influences, from small arms to betting whose pipelines will emanate from where.
    As long as it goes through Turkey, Erdogan can is his plan.
    This pipeline fuss has festered since at least Bush 43 . Colin Powell had to be sent personally to Turkey to demo the MOAB.

    • TDog

      Turkey’s been taken for granted by the West for decades and given a double standard that frankly leaves me wondering why this move didn’t occur sooner. While NATO relied heavily upon Turkey to hold up its southeastern flank, it was also ignored or rebuffed when it came time to take Turkey’s interests into consideration. For example: its ongoing attempt to join the EU. Every time it brought up the issue of joining the EU, it was told it wasn’t this enough or that enough – while folks like Greece, who most definitely weren’t not up to EU standards, coasted right on in.

      And the war on terror has only exacerbated this sort of double standard. We lecture them about not doing enough to help and then pull tent pegs from Iraq when, for all intents and purposes, we got bored with fighting there. We went into and/or involved ourselves in Libya, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Egypt without so much as a heads up to Ankara. We went ahead and armed Kurdish militant groups, Al Qaeda-linked terrorists, and various Arab groups who have no love of Turks or their ethnic brethren because it was convenient to us.

      The end result: they have an enormous number of refugees transiting or staying in their territory, a highly unstable situation across the border in Syria, and Kurds getting their hands on all sorts of heavy weapons. Whether or not Turkey had this coming to them is beside the point – the real point here is that as a NATO ally, the West has been treating Turkey like a barely-tolerated flunky and is now wondering why Turkey is casting about for new friends.

      Turkey is not becoming more radicalized – Europe and the US pushed it in that direction. Playing ball with the West for going on sixty some odd years has netted them little respect and they’re tired of it.

      • iksnilol

        I dunno, their treatment of Kurds and Armenians means they’ve had it coming.

        They’re no better than fascists or nazis.

        • AYIDAYI

          I can’t believe how gullible you Westerners are! Armenians were the “Saddam’s WMD’s” in WWI.

          • iksnilol

            I am not a Westerner.

            And Turkey did commit genocide upon the Armenians which you to this very day deny. But judging from your username I can safely assume you’re a Turk and glorious Turkey would never do anything bad like cooperate with ISIS or murder Armenians.

          • AYIDAYI

            No, my user name doesn’t mean nothing like “I’m a glorius Turk whose nation would never do anything bad.” It’s just a silly thing like “Uncle Bear”.

            And of course I’m gonna deny so called “Armenian genocide”! It was a conflict which claimed more Turkish (and Kurdish) lives than Armenians. If you absolutely must call it a genocide, you need to call it “Turkish genocide”. Armenians tried to carve up a hefty portion of the country for themselves. How could can you achieve that goal when you are a minority? Well, you do ethnical cleansing à la Irgun. They even dared to “cleanse” towns where they comprised only 10 percent of population. And they failed. Tough luck!

            That was an era when there was no internet, no CNN, Al Jazeera, comm satellites and all. Western mainstream media shaped the public opinion like Play-Doh. Heck, even in the age of internet, CNN, Al Jazeera, did’t they make you believe in blatant lies like Saddam’s WMDs or missiles that could hit British targets in 45-minutes notice?

            By the way, why don’t you mention the Holocaust whenever you see an article about a HK product? Or Belgian genocide in Congo whenever you see a FN gun? Or “scalp bounty laws” in the USA? This hate of Turks is irrational, unjust and ridiculous.

          • iksnilol

            I know it doesn’t have a specific nationalist Turkish meaning, but I don’t see why a non-Turk would have a Turkish username, that was my point.

            You can call it a genocide, since y’all specifically targeteded Armenians to put on death marches.

            No, it isn’t irrational. You f###s oppressed my people for 500 + years, betrayed us during the war in the 90s and let people slaughter us for being muslims and then you’ve got the gall to actually suggest that you’re the same as the Germans in regards to genocide. Difference between Germany and Turkey is that they owned up to it. They admitted doing wrong, they did their best at reparations and they moved on. Whilst you disgusting bunch just twiddle your thumbs while looking at graves and say nothing happened.

            Also, why mention Saddam? I did not mention him, nor did I ever care for his non-existent WMDs.

          • AYIDAYI

            “Why mention Saddam?”
            Well, Saddam’s WMD’s was the number 1 propaganda lie Western media used in order to convince the public into the necessity of the war. And the public opinion bought it really easily, even at the age of Internet!
            Likewise, “Armenian Genocide” was the propaganda lie they used 100 years ago. They needed something to make their peoples believe that the war was necessary.
            And when something sticks, it sticks. Heck, you guys are still calling Native Americans, “Indians” centuries after Columbus erroneously thought he arrived in India!

            We targeted Armenians because they targeted us! It was a civil war! When almost all military-age males were sent away to the countless fronts of the WWI, Armenian gangs started to massacre their defenceless neighbors. And it wasn’t a death march. Government did all they can to provide their safety, but there was a war going on.

            We conquered Anatolia in 1071. If we were genocidal maniacs as some idiots portray us, why would we wait almost 1000 years? There were times Great Seljuks and Ottomans were the strongest power in the world. Why wait until the empire was put in death bed to commit such a crime?

            “500 years oppression”? Please don’t tell me you let yourself to be brainwashed by history books written by your murderers!

            Nope, Turks protected you for 500 years, like they protected everyone else. We left Balkans fighting. More then 3 million civilian Turks lost their lives in the process. If Balkans are such a diverse place today, it’s thanks to Ottoman rule. When the Ottomans left, people started to “cleanse” even their Christian brethren. What happened to all the ethnic groups in Greece after Turks left, for example? And I’m not talking about just the Muslims.

            Shame on you, Iksnilol!

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, did all they could… to kill the Armenians. I doubt all those old folks, women and children were part of those “gangs” “pillaging” y’all.

            I dunno, concquering an area, empowering our enemies (the Serbs) and the occasional kidnapping of kids (blood tax) I would classify as oppression. Then aiding the Serbs during the war (still waiting for our war helicopters that “mysteriously” got held up in Turkey) I’d say solidly classifies your ilk as enemies.

            So no, no shame on me. F### you, f### your family, f### your country and f### the high horse you rode in on.

          • AYIDAYI

            God bless your family and your country.
            As for you, you’re not even worth my gazi horse’s saddle.

          • iksnilol

            I don’t need blessings from enemies.

          • john huscio

            The ottomans were a belligerent aggressive expansionist imperial power bent on conquering as much of the planet as they could and bring it within the “house of islam”. Let’s not pretend they were ever the benevolent “protectors” (lol) you like to paint them as.

          • john huscio

            HK didn’t exist when the holocaust was perpetrated

        • lanan

          Yeah but how many genocides have the muslims committed in their history? Gotta be world record holders no doubt. So why people acting surprised. Also the darth vader ‘you will join us or die’ does not count as not genocide.

          • iksnilol

            What the actual f### do muslims and Kurds have to do with Turks being genocidal and oppressive bastards the lot of them?

        • TDog

          The Kurds and Armenians live in a rough neighborhood and no one can promise that they would have done things any differently had the roles been reversed. Victimhood is a poor stand in for morality. I’m certainly not saying the Kurds or Armenians deserved it, but in the absence of making a moral judgment call, the fact is that for a continent of colonizing genocidal types, Europe certainly does feel the need to wag its finger at others.

      • glenn cheney

        NATO is in its own world with little restraint for too long.
        They currently are Euro in both c mom and and control.
        Personally, I’d take the keys away from them to the tactical nukes, I don’t trust them, they are a WWIII hoping to happen.
        Definitely not good for anyone.
        The world d ure lyrics is a screwed up place these days, no matter your uniform.
        Peace.

        • TDog

          True enough.

  • Omerli

    These reflexive anti-Turkish posts are getting real old. We have posts on everyone from Germans to Russians to you name it. We don’t come to this site for infantile proto racist tirades by half educated trolls. We appreciate the news we get here and their technical info. One wishes overtly political rants could be side tracked to another stream of comments for our droll trolls until they grow up.

  • TDog

    I think Obama’s main failing in dealing with ISIL is that he was so much of a politician that he was unwilling to make the hard decisions when it came to fighting proxy wars. The Pentagon wanted one group of terrorists, the CIA wanted another, and Obama gave them both the green light. The result: weapons and money find their way into the hands of the very same @$$#oles we should be putting bullets into.

    In regards to Erdogan, I won’t and can’t disagree with you – the guy has seriously fled the reservation and gone more Islamist than either we or Turkey should find comfortable. He’s playing with fire being a Muslim populist because that’s the sticky thing about populism – there’s always going to be some true believer out there who will make you look too old fashioned in your own movement.

    All in all, you made a bunch of interesting points, not all of which I agree with but they all certainly gave me food for thought. I look forward to seeing what else you have to say on other issues as they arise. Have a good one!

    • glenn cheney

      Well, there are, as we know, many variations on views.
      There’s the How we think it is…good luck with media propaganda, there there is our How we think it ought to be, then the How it really is.
      Frankly, internally, there is a cout ongoing in many if not all alphabet agencies.
      Obama has done massive
      damage and it will be some time before the “worming” is completed.
      This a glorious time for geo-pol academians.
      Euro is seeing a rising nationalist movement. Pen is the next race to watch, if you believe MSM, it’s a no go, but they said the same about Brexit, and Brexit 2.0, Trump.
      There are so many threats to both of us no matter where we hail from at many levels, much of which transends our governmental control.
      NWO is real, there is GREAT SIGNIFICANCE to Trump suddenly telling the Chinese we’ll honor a one China policy, while with the Japanese Pres.
      It’s about carry trade, currencies, and resets. No one allowed to discuss, same reason Hindu Indian guru came to visit.
      There is a narfle ongoing over what currencies will be relevant.
      These topics simmer as long time scabs , unhealing, become festered, again.
      Even in this venue, we see those that were the ones at ground zero as politicians made war from behind desks and paper documents.
      Doubt this will end well for anyone in the middle, and we all are.

      • TDog

        To be fair, Japan adheres to the One China Policy as well – Trump was not selling anyone out by doing that.

  • TDog

    Rape and murder are two different things. As rape is almost entirely initiated by men, to equate a woman’s rape with war between ethnic groups or nations is not applicable. For example, in India during partition, Muslims and Hindus murdered each other in droves. Both could claim victimhood in one area and be labeled as the aggressor in another.

    Note that I never said genocide was okay – you took that up yourself because apparently your liberal high horse’s altitude is making it difficult for you to think rationally and without emotion.

    • iksnilol

      What does gender have to do with the issue? Men can be raped as well.

      And I don’t have to have you explicitly say what you mean, cowards such as thyself don’t usually have the gall to say what they mean. But yeah, sure, dismiss me as a “liberal”.

      • TDog

        “Men can be raped as well.” Aside from the fact that I never said they couldn’t, I also said men initiated it for the most part in most cases. Two different things that you tried to equate because the tactic of turning a gender argument back on the other party is an oldie. People tend to think it shuts the other guy right up, and it typically does if they’re not ready for that hackneyed tactic.

        But the fact is that aside from changing wording from what I had to something gender neutral of female-friendly, your counter had no relevance. It was a clumsy attempt at misdirection. Please stay on topic.

  • Omerli

    Many thanks TFB for the post. Nicely done and informative. Please let’s cut out the infantile half baked political stuff. We have posts on products from all over the world and if we all get to have our tirades there will be no end to the circus.

  • Omerli

    Many thanks TFB for the post. Nicely done and informative. Please let’s cut out the infantile half baked political stuff. We have posts on products from all over the world and if we all get to have our tirades there will be no end to the circus.