Russians get trained for Austrian sniper riflesDecember 10th, 2011 - 4:13 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Dec 10 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A number of Russian servicemen are being given special training in handling a new sniper rifle bought from Austria, a top military official has said.
Defence ministry spokesman Col. Alexander Kucherenko said Friday that more than 30 Austria-manufactured sniper rifles have been adopted for service with Russia’s Airborne Forces special task units.
These are the first foreign-made rifles to be officially used by this branch of service.
According to reports, the rifle in question could be the Steyr-Mannlicher SSG-69, 7.62 mm with a 10-round magazine and an effective range of more than 2,000 metres.
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