Saturday, April 25, 2015
A look at Singapore Army sniper rifles
In the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), the lower end of the precision strike spectrum encompasses scoped infantry small arms acquired by the domain experts in 9th Singapore Division/Headquarters Infantry.
Seen here are a range of sniper rifles fielded by the Singapore Army. These are (from left) the Knight's Armament M110 7.62mm semi-automatic rifle (United States), Sako TRG22 7.62mm bolt action rifle (Finland) and the Accuracy International AX50 12.7mm bolt action anti-material rifle (United Kingdom).
The weapons were displayed yesterday at the "A Day in the Army" event at Headquarters Armour, which is the host for the Singapore Army's annual Family Day.
The Singapore Army's sniper rifles allow the infantry to reach out and touch someone with a precisely-aimed projectile out to distances of 800m or more. Powerful optics allow even bespectacled soldiers to place their rounds where they should land, so long as they have a steady pair of hands and follow the fundamentals of good marksmanship (controlled breathing, eye relief, trigger pull, awareness of the wider tactical situation, effective camouflage, assistance from a spotter, egress plan etc).
Singapore Army snipers typically provide overwatch to manoeuvre forces as they move towards their objective. The range ring of weapons available to snipers means that sharpshooters can take down hostile targets such as key appointment holders, crew-served weapons like MGs and anti-tank weapons, vehicle commanders, special forces - the list goes on - outside the effective range of return fire from infantry small arms.
In Singapore Army infantry battalions, Company Marksmen armed with sniper rifles are tasked to provide covering fire in focused, single-shot engagements guided by the sniper's mantra of one shot, one kill. Such precisely calibrated, single-shot outgoing fire complements the concentrated firepower that support weapons such as the fully automatic belt-fed 7.62mm general purpose machine guns and 120mm mortars can deliver from the battalion's fire bases.
The larger sniper rifles in the Singapore Army's arsenal, such as the ones that fire 12.7mm rounds, allow marksmen to hunt and kill enemy snipers who may be trying to do the same.
Such weapons are also useful when investigating suspicious objects, thought to be IEDs, along the line of advance during combat situations when non-destructive testing isn't a key priority for SAF commanders.
When all else fails, call in an air strike.
The Republic of Singapore Air Force will know how to deal with the situation.
Posted by David Boey at 1:58 PM