C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

Kazakhstan JV announces first exports

02 February 2017

Kazakhstan Aselsan Engineering (KAE) announced on 30 January that it had begun its first export deliveries of thermal weapon sights to Turkey.

The Python thermal weapon sight. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)The Python thermal weapon sight. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)

The deliveries result from a contract valued at USD5.8 million that was signed in November 2016 with KAE, a joint venture between Kazakhstan Engineering and Aselsan.

The contract is for Aselsan's Python and Boa thermal weapon sights. The Python was launched in February 2008 as a follow-on to Aselsan's earlier Thermal Weapon Sight. The system uses uncooled microbolometer technology to provide thermal sighting capability to any type of infantry rifle, using the Picatinny mounting rail. The Boa is a variant of the Python designed for use on sniper rifles, heavy machine guns, and other long-range weapons.

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