In that time we do not have drones, still today with them commander must have his own panoramic sight because drones when weather is bad cant work, and in war you fight in good and bad weathers also.
A fair point. I am not suggesting they are bad by any means, but not every rifle needs a thermal telescopic sight with a ballistic computer either, it would simply not be cost effective to fit them all with such devices, so you look at the types of weapons and decide who would benefit most from such devices and supply those first.
I suspect the tanks on the front line will be T-90s, which seem to have them equipped, while other units would be better served with 10 T-72s instead of 2 T-72s with pano sight upgrades.
I don't know the details but seriously don't think they would be denying their tank commanders such devices because they didn't feel like it.
So yeah i stick my head lot of time, still when you have panoramic sight with magnification its much easier to do same thing with 0 risk something hitting you in your head. Yeah they fitted their lates T-90M and T-14, but this modernized version of T-80 or T-72 didnt get it for some reason, and still dont have it after all this shit happens to them in Ukraine...
Again, I appreciate the logic, and I am not trying to take the piss... reducing risk to crew is the entire concept behind the T-14 and indeed it is the T-14 design and the design of the other vehicles in their vehicle families (Armata, Kurganets, Boomerang, Typhoon, Arctic tractor) that have unmanned turrets that require pano sights as standard for everything... I suspect once they get T-14s fully into serial production that the sights developed for them can be retrofitted to other older vehicles over time simply because volume production is good for prices and maintenance likes commonality and standardisation.
Of course, the use of drones has improved reconnaissance in many ways, but I am still of the opinion that a panoramic device is a must for the commander. Of course, the fusion of everything contributes to easier finding and selecting targets and destroying them with minimal risk to you
The introduction of their new armoured vehicle families have unmanned turrets which necessitates pano sights because the commander in the hull can't really see the battlefield even if they open their hatch. Not opening their hatch is good protection from drones carrying hand grenades too.
No mate, Russians are so **** up in corruptions and this is their biggest problem...
How could corruption be a factor?
If they had APS and ERA that didn't work and they had Pano sights for the price of thermals but with no thermals fitted then I would agree that this was corruption, but lacking a technology is not corruption, it is spreading limited funding to get the best value for the available funds.
Sorry but that sounds absurd to be true. So you're saying that all this time the gunner is just twiddling his thumbs doing nothing?
The gunners optics have very limited angles of view and turns with the turret, the job of the commander is to look for targets and threats and direct the driver to drive from cover to cover or concealment to concealment, and to direct the gunner to destroy the most imminent threats to the vehicle first and then deal with targets as they appear... while the gunner is firing on the target given to him by the commander the commander looks for other threats and targets.
As the new vehicle families get into production across the board the new turrets will likely be adapted to older vehicles as a simpler upgrade and will include updates like the panoramic sight.
For all we know they might have found the sight arrangement for the upgraded T-90s is the best option over upgrades for T-72s and that this arrangement is too expensive at the moment to apply to the tanks... it might double or triple the price of the upgrade which the Army is not currently prepared to spend.
Over time the cost of the components and the performance of the components will go down and improve respectively, so will probably be something they apply in a future upgrade... which might be integrated into an APS system perhaps that uses optics as well as other sensors to detect incoming threats and automatically traverses the gun to the direction the threat is coming from while launching intercepting munitions or smoke depending on the threat type.