01:08 GMT27 February 2021
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    After analyzing the results of its aerial campaign in Syria, Russia’s Defense Ministry has decided to test a unique 360 degree targeting system for its Mi-35 Super Crocodile helicopter gunships and Mi-8AMTSh Terminator transport helicopters, Izvestia reported.

    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.

    The OPS-24N-1 all-weather targeting system brings into one images  picked up by a helicopter's four stabilized optical-electronic stations and sends them to computer screens in the cockpit.

    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.

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    all-weather, multifunctional, infrared camera, electronic "eyes", targeting system, Mi-35M, Mi-8AMTSh Terminator, OPS-24N-1, Rostec, Shvabe Holding, Russian Defense Ministry, Sergei Popov, Russia
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