Friday, 18 April 2008

Helicopter sniper

Ever since news broke of a French sniper disabling a vehicle by shooting its engine as part of the Ponant yacht rescue operation, opswarfare has been intrigued by the viability (or lack of) of sniping from helicopters. This RAF story seems to indicate that, not only is it possible, this is being done regularly. Military Photos also has a thread, with great photos of various weapons and mountings used.
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So far the heli-snipers have been deployed to give force protection for Lynx immediate response teams, scrambled to evacuate casualties, fire support for deliberate operations, rapid route clearance for convoys, and to counter the threat from militia preparing crude explosive devices.

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