Belarusian Optics In Use By SAA Forces

Recent photographic evidence has shown that Assad’s Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is equipped with DNS-1 Day & Night Vision Sights from the Belarusian company “Belarusian Optical & Mechanical Association”. These optics have been seen mounted on both AK74Ms and PKMs using a Picatinny rail on a standard Kalashnikov optic mounting platform in use on many Soviet small arms designs. Although these optics haven’t been seen in large quantities, their presence in two photographs signifies at least a small order of such DNS-1 optics. The DNS-1 appears to have an infrared capability in addition to a standard daytime usage mode, very similar to the U.S. Army’s discontinued Day/Night AN/PVS-10 of the 1990s and early OIF/OEF eras. Although these sights were cutting edge technology when they were introduced, today they tend to be overweight compared to numerous other equivalent optics available. For the Syrian Army, these optics would be a tremendous advantage over the rebels they are fighting, especially during periods of low light.

The presence of these optics could possibly be not be related to a relationship between Belarus and Syria and instead be through a third party, but according to several news sources, the European dictatorship has been providing Assad with military aid since at least 2012. Whether or not these optics came in with that aid or are a more recent development should be the question. As a footnote, Belarusian optics were also spotted in Libya around 2011 as well, on the other side of the MENA region.

In a website that I run devoted to MENA & Central Asian small arms discussion, I posted about this exact optic in use by SAA forces attacking Aleppo during 2016 back in February of this year. However, despite trying to research it, I couldn’t find out the exact nomenclature of it.

Thanks Hrachya for providing the link to this!



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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  • Ed

    Those AKs maybe are AK-103s not 74Ms.

  • Juggernaut

    As long as these optics aid SAA in their defeat of CIA/Israel’s ISIS

    • yodamiles

      Edgy……just like my emo girlfriend!!!

      • Twilight sparkle

        You’re bringing me back to my rawr XD days…

        • iksnilol

          Awwh, *cuddles* ^_^

          • Twilight sparkle

            lol okeez :3

      • USMC03Vet

        Blue hair and anime shirts is not tactical!

    • Alex @Sea

      Hold your nose folks, it’s Jughead with his crappin chickin here to enlighten us.

  • Foma Klimov

    Weird ass article.

    “…the European dictatorship has been providing Assad with military aid since at least 2012.”

    Really? “Dictatorship”? Belarus is mildly authoritarian, but is a rather pleasant little country. I do lots of business there. No need to lump it together with places like North Korea. A number of Belorussians are probably reading this. Also, “providing Assad”? Like personally? Belarus is giving aid to Syria… and good for them. Most of the “free” countries are giving aid to the islamist animals fighting to destroy Syria.

    “… in use by SAA forces attacking Aleppo during 2016 back in February of this year.”

    “Attacking Aleppo”? Last time I checked, they were liberating it. Isn’t “liberate” the correct term when you’re trying to take back your city that’s been occupied by a bunch of foreign terrorists? Aren’t Iraqis trying to liberate Mosul right now?

    • jae34

      Are you fact checking? We’re here to talk about firearms and accessories, go away. Don’t make an account just to spew garbage.

      • iksnilol

        Shouldn’t the same apply to the author of the article as well.

        • It does indeed, what have I missed?

          • Twilight sparkle

            Probably your previous post about Belarus and SAA, though I could be wrong.

          • iksnilol

            Well, you kinda used political language in the post. Seems kinda weird to call out a commenter on something you as well did.

          • I give up! All I wanted to share was this optic rarely seen in MENA in use by SAA forces, but no, I attempt to use one word to describe a country in eastern Europe and everyone loses their marbles.

          • =^-^=

            *patpat* no worry, youve done everything right

            Calling a dictator a dictator is just stating a fact.

          • HobgoblinTruth

            Are we so politically correct nowadays that we can’t call dictators what they really are? If you claim that Assad is an democratically elected I have an aircraft carrier to sell for 100 bucks.

          • At least someone here understands this viewpoint!!!

          • iksnilol

            Best I can do is 20$ and some pocket lint.

            I reacted more to “attacking Aleppo” than anything else to be honest.

    • Wait. Are you for real? Like seriously? For real, for real?
      So you are telling me that Alexander Lukashenko, the current president of Belarus, and has been in power since 1994 (Almost a quarter of a century), is mildly authoritarian? That’s not authoritarian, that’s a dictatorship.

      Surprise! There are a fair number of folks in Syria that might actually not consider the SAA’s military movements as “liberations”.

      • nanoc

        As someone who was actually born in the country, I disagree with your assessment that its a dictatorship. Lukashenko is authoritarian and heavy handed at that but he has support from a considerable size of the population. He is similar to Putin in that sense. He is seen as a stable force in the country, Every time the opposition wants change he just has to point towards the mess in Ukraine.

        Also I highly doubt Belarus is providing anything to Syria for free. I am certain that any equipment from Belarus was bought with cold hard cash.

        • Camilo Emiliano Rosas Echeverr

          Having the support of the population does not make you any less of a dictator.

      • Juggernaut

        This is when TFB gets political and then say they are not

      • Foma Klimov

        For real, as in visit Belarus often on business and have friends & family there. What do you know about Belarus? What you read in Western propaganda? Lukashenko is still widely popular. People don’t want their country to turn into a Ukraine, as difficult as it might be for you to believe… want a strong and competent leader to stay as long as necessary and provide stability. Not everyone needs or wants you style of democracy (which typically comes on the tip of a spear) and a change of government every few years. Belarus doesn’t even begin to compare to real dictatorships like the DPRK or your great and “democratic” ally Saudi Arabia.

        As far as Syria, “those folks” that you talk about, are called “terrorists” and no one should care what they consider. Most of them consider your country to be the “Great Satan” too… thanking you for those TOW missiles, only to curse you later.

        • HobgoblinTruth

          “For real, as in visit Belarus often on business and have friends & family there”

          I guess next you tell us that China is not controlled by a single party.

          “. People don’t want their country to turn into a Ukraine, as difficult as it might be for you to believe”

          You think Russia would try to annex part of Belarus if they kicked dictator out of his seat? I doubt that.

          “Belarus doesn’t even begin to compare to real dictatorships like the DPRK or your great and “democratic” ally Saudi Arabia.”

          Interesting that you didn’t mention Russian ally Iran… oh yeah… it would make you look like complete hypocrite.

          Assad is also not a dictator? Just happens that a single family has ruled whole country since 1960s… legit democracy, am I right?

          • Mhh

            Didnt even his Father was a big part of the Coup?

    • Jeremy

      What “free” country? Iran? Russia? China? Organizations like Hezbollah?

      • Juggernaut

        Try not paying your taxes and see how “free” you really are.

        • Jeremy

          “Wow, look at that successful country with its libertarian values,” says no one ever.

          Get out of here with the hippy BS, taxes are the price we pay for services provided by the state, grow up.

    • JSIII

      I never knew that Steven Segal read TFB

    • Tritro29

      Also it is not Belarus, but the Russian aid package to the country. Most Belomo assets found in Syria are paid for the Russian MO.

      Also yeah, very weird the language of the article. While Batka is no saint, we’re talking about state to state sales anyway, not sending weapons to a constellation of jihadis in Syria. I mean not like what happens under NATO patronage in Turkey and Jordan.

  • Those4Years

    Wait the Syrian Government is attacking ISIS, the “Moderate Rebels” as McCain said that we have to arm turned out to be ISIS or ISIS aligned.

    So Assad and Putin working in Syria to stop ISIS is a good thing.. but it isn’t?

    So TFB won’t get involved with SA and RRA selling out the American people because it’s “political”, but when it comes to Syria it’s.. ok?

    waitwut.

    • Logic

      Nothing in the text is political…. “For the Syrian Army, these optics would be a tremendous advantage over the rebels they are fighting, especially during periods of low light.” Whats the problem with that?
      The SAA fights ISIS, diffrent kind of Rebels, sometimes Kurds, and others.

      Youre the one whos getting political over nothing.