Snipers from 16 Air Assault Brigade’s infantry units came together on the Stanford Training Area (STANTA) in Norfolk this week (6-9 May). As well as hitting targets at ranges of up to 1,200 metres by day and night, the snipers were tested on close quarter shooting, stalking and their observation and concealment skills.
Among the soldiers taking part were snipers from 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, based at Tern Hill in Shropshire, and Colchester-based 2nd and 3rd Battalions The Parachute Regiment and The Pathfinders.
Snipers fulfil a vital and enduring role on the battlefield, in terms of intelligence-gathering, target identification and eliminating high-value targets. They work in pairs, with the more experienced acting as the spotter, using high quality optics to sight targets and judge wind and elevation to guide the shooter, who is equipped with the powerful and accurate L115A3 rifle.
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A U.S. special operations forces team member searches a compound during a clearing operation in Chak district, Wardak province, Afghanistan, Oct. 9, 2011. SOF team members and Afghan commandos conducted the operation in order to disrupt insurgent activity in the area.
(U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Kaily Brown)