Russia’s Krasnogorsky Zavod Joint Stock Company (JSC) has completed development of its privately funded PPNK commander’s stabilised thermal panoramic surveillance sighting system for the export market.
The PPNK sighting system can be installed on existing T-72 type main battle tanks (MBT) to improve target detection at longer ranges and under most weather conditions.
It is fully stabilised and can traverse a full 360° in azimuth and from -15 to -45° in elevation. The tank commander can select from a number of modes, including 24x18° field of view (FOV), 9x6.75° wide FOV, 3x2.25° narrow FOV, and electronic zoom 1.5x1.12° FOV.
Detection and target recognition performance is dependent on a range of environmental factors but the company claims it can detect and discriminate an object that is at least 3,500 m away, which is within range of the 125 mm smoothbore gun installed in the T-72 MBT.
When fitted, the sighting system would enable the tank commander to detect and confirm a target, handing it over to the gunner to engage and resume the search for other threats.
Development of the sighting system is understood to have been completed and production can commence when a launch order is secured.
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