New snipers for the paratroopers

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The elite Russian paratroopers are testing a new sniper rifle called ‘Tochnost’(‘Accuracy’), which can be put into service as early as next year. They have shown interest in this new weapon, developed by a Russian company.

Speaking of the ‘Tochnost,’ Colonel General Vladimir Shamanov, commander of the Airborne command said, “We are not talking about buying it yet, but we are ready to take it for operational trials. Our Special Operation Force brigades were involved in different stages of combat performance testing, and overall it showed combat readiness,”

He pointed out that the rifle is being refined as trials take place. It is not clear yet how long the trials will last, but the weapon already has a high degree of readiness, Shamanov said.

“It is highly probable that we will take it into service,” the commander said.

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