British Army Sniper with L115A3 Rifle Deploys on a Mission in Afghanistan
Pictured is a British soldier with his sniper rifle on board a Merlin helicopter on route to Camp Shawquat, Nad-e Ali.
British snipers fulfil a vital and enduring role on the battlefield, in terms of intelligence-gathering, target identification and eliminating high-value targets.
The L115A3 rifle, part of the Sniper System Improvement Programme (SSIP), is a large-calibre weapon which provides state-of-the-art telescopic day and night all-weather sights, increasing a sniper's effective range considerably.
Photographer: Sgt Martin Downs RAF
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