I believe that OTIS was procured long before SPYGLASS so would therefore have been included on original Unit Equipment Tables. As the cost of replacing OTIS is prohibitive (until it approaches the end of it's expected life) it would be unreasonable to expect a one for one swop. Besides, you'd only break them anyway
Was issued spyglass after the NOD (top bit of kit !) was withdrawn, had it for Belize tour 89, Othis wasnt issued to 7ths ops till at least 95?. Always a toss up but you can easily and realistically manpack the spyglass, OTHIS and Mstar although the boffins at the school reckoned it could be manpacked were invited to do some realistic manpacks with it ie not round the ICFT circuit and declined.
The kit issued to parties should reflect on who and what there supporting and how they are transported. This makes things a lot easier for spares and repairs not to mention charging airbottles and btys!
NOD was a good bit of kit apart from the fact that in its container it was the size of a small house and weighed almost as much, and when it was being operated due to its huge front lens it could give your position away, as long as the batteries lasted anyway
Lion and sophie sights are good pieces of kit. They both do not require to be cooled by air which is fantastic in terms of carrying the kit.
There are disadvantages with the kit but this is not place to bring them to light. I do believe it is a step in the right direction though.
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