Well I found another series of photos that I have found to be rather interesting... these come from MP.net, where a lot of my photos come from... they post a lot of cool photos but don't actually seem to discuss them very much...
So what is so special. Well they clearly haven't developed a proper mount yet for the SVD... the scope is clearly design to go right on the top of the receiver on a rail as being developed for the AK-200, which is interesting. The position of the scope on the SVD would make accuracy pretty hit and miss so to speak though it is not clear at what range that group was shot. Standard assault rifle range would be 100m, but a more common range for testing the SVD would be 300m, but the main point is that this is a thermal scope so this is the performance you would expect in total darkness, so it actually looks pretty good to me.
The most interesting thing for me is the last photo which clearly shows that the actual thermal sensor is not a 1st or 2nd gen tube, but a third gen uncooled chip based system that I suspect is probably QWIP based. This means that once the design is perfected and finalised it can be mass produced like camcorder optics and if produced in large numbers will become relatively cheap. As you can see from the size of it you could put two at the front of a helmet and one pointing to the rear with a heads up display showing a full night vision view of the world in front of (in stereo) and behind (in mono.. but mainly for warning rather than regular viewing) with other information displayed in the soldiers field of view like navigation info.
Should improve unit security at night and make night operations much more viable.
As Russian tanks and IFVs and helos get thermal sights it becomes more and more likely that night fighting training will become useful.
In terms of small arms (considering the topic of this thread) this means perhaps new propellent powders that burn faster and cleaner and generate less muzzle flash with higher muzzle velocities and better accuracy/consistency.
I rather suspect that the average soldier will get image intensification monoculars that can be hand held, helmet mounted as NVGs, and mounted on their rifle as a night vision scope, but for units like Spetsnaz and Navy Spetsnaz, plus the VDV and Naval Infantry will likely get thermal rifle scopes with built in laser range finders and GLONASS sensors and ballistics computers to generate aimpoints so that the soldier just puts the target inside the square and presses the button to laser range it and then after a few seconds a glowing plus will appear that the soldier can then place on the chest or head of the target for a high probability kill, or at the push of a button the location of what was lased will be entered into the battle management system... so a recon soldier spots an enemy tank and lases a tree in front of it so as to not warn it it is being lased. The location of the tree can then be shifted to the real position of the actual tank... labelled as a tank and then passed onto the local network so any friendly vehicles will now see an enemy tank in the appropriate location, though it might require a second set of eyes like a UAV to confirm it is an enemy vehicle before you open fire...
Anybody who speaks Russian identify some of the abbreviations at the bottom of the photo through the scope.
From the actual scopes specs I suspect this is the view via a laptop with the scope connected via a PC connection.