Russian Waterproof Thermal Scope for Military Divers

A Russian company called Infratech (Инфратех) has developed a thermal scope (model IT-615 VM (ИТ-615 ВМ)) for the special forces divers. It can withstand a long time of salt water exposure and submersion into the water for up to 20 meters. This thermal sight was introduced during the ARMY-2017 arms exhibition.

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The advantage of such a scope is that the divers won’t have to detach it from the firearm and keep in a separate sealed compartment while being under water. They can keep it mounted on the weapon and be able to immediately use it once getting out of the water. The buttons and other controls are also sealed and allow adjusting or changing the settings while being submerged. The controls are also optimized to be easily reached with the diving gloves on.

The manufacturer’s website has similar commercial scope listed. The difference in model designation is that the military model has two additional characters at the end. Possibly the military model is based on the commercial one or it is the same one with just a different model name. The scope available on their website has an MSRP of $9,731.

Interesting to note that demonstrating underwater military products submerged into a fish tank is kind of popular in Russia. If you remember, several years ago they’ve introduced the ADS amphibious rifle in a similar manner. Cool idea though.





Hrachya H

Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying design, technology and history of guns and ammunition. His knowledge of Russian allows him to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience.
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  • Anonymoose

    Good luck hitting anything with that sternum-weld, comrade.

    • int19h

      It’s an eye weld on Russian scopes, anyway. That’s what the rubber cup is there for.

      • tsubaka

        considering users of this scope will use diving mask it will be funny if the rubber cup will act as a toilet plunger locking the mask and the scope xD

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    This will be good for the guys who have to swim down and check the duct tape and bungee cords holding their aircraft carrier together.

    • glenn cheney

      Also useful for rogue subs off USA shores that launch UP n OUT, not down n in.
      Confusion? Mebee…beauty is thru the eye of the beholder. This scope perfect for Florida swampies.

  • Argy007

    $9,731?! I thought Russian stuff was supposed to be affordable.

    • glenn cheney

      Was just thinkin’ “that’s a lot of rubles.”

      • Hrachya H

        549,800 rubles

    • Giolli Joker

      Yep, I thought we were supposed to be able to buy a T-62 tank for that price….

      • LCON

        Only At Crazy Ivan’s Used Tank lot!!! He Haz Prices so low you’d think he was Crazy.

        • Peter Nissen

          Crazy Ivan Used Tank Sale – he goes round and round and round again for you 🙂

      • Peter Nissen

        Or at least a high mileage T-72!

    • Scott

      Maybe that’s a typo.. 9,731 rub =169.79 usd.. I’m in for 3 units 🙂

      • Max Glazer

        Nope. The article is correct. Sadly. The price is 549,800 roubles. Google currency convertor places it at 9590.87 USD.

  • GhostTrain81

    I heard that the recent referendum in the Kingdom of Atlantis (which passed with 102.34% popular vote) in favor of joining the Russian Federation prompted the development of this scope.

  • Please to be picking the writers with the English skills of the writing. Many thankings.