Developed by Shvabe Holding Company, a subsidiary of Rostec Corporation, the OPS-24N-1 can “see” through heavy fog, smoke and dust storms.
“A decision to test the new system has already been made. The optical-electronic stations currently in use by Mi-8AMTSh and Mi-35M helicopters are working just fine, but, based on the experience of our aerial operation in Syria, we have realized that we need more advanced systems,” a Defense Ministry representative told the newspaper.
It’s one-of-a-kind shortwave infrared camera picks up night sky light allowing targets many kilometers away to be easily detected.
According to Shvabe deputy director Sergei Popov, the OPS-24N-1 is on par with the very best of such systems around.
It is able to “see” ultrashort waves invisible to the naked eye, has a USB 2.0 computer connection and ensures observation in a real time mode.
“This is a real breakthrough in the field of optics, the first ever all-weather multifunctional system enabling unhindered round-the-clock observation,” Popov said, adding that the unit can also be used in scientific research and also as a security camera.