New images published on social media revealed that the Syrian T-55MV tank was upgraded with a thermal sight and a Fire Control System. The Syrian Scientific Research Center (SSRC) upgraded the Belarusian 1K13 sight from BELOMO Company by adding a thermal camera with the range of 8 km and a high resolution.
It seems that the camera and the sight 1K13 were connected to each other and into an LCD instead of the traditional sight. The sight is also connected to a ballistic computer with the possibility of inserting other information such as wind speed and direction making it a Syrian made semi-automatic fire control system. It is not clear if the tank is also equipped with other sensors to support the ballistic computer and increase accuracy. Moreover, it seems that the tank is equipped with the Syrian-made active protection system Sarab-1.
It is not known whether Belarus has assisted the Syrian Scientific Research Center to develop this system. However, the center has already implemented many similar projects.
This system seems to be the upgraded one of the Viper-55 sight which had been installed to some Syrian T-55mv before the war.
It’s worth mentioning that the Syrian Arab Army has been working with the Syrian Scientific Research Center since 2014 to develop various systems to upgrade its tanks locally.