Enhancements were put to the test in the sands of Oman in October during Exercise Saif Sareea – and lived up to expectations

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Those enhancements were put to the test in the sands of Oman in October during Exercise Saif Sareea – and lived up to expectations; the sniper teams deployed by Taunton-based 40 Commando reported a significant increase in the likelihood that the first rounds to leave their rifle muzzles hit the target.

The enhancements are another success for the Royal Navy’s DARE (Discovery Assessment and Rapid Exploitation) initiative – aimed at encouraging sailors and commandos to come forward with affordable ideas which will improve front-line operations.

Royal Marine Snipers have a reputation as being amongst the best in the world – they regularly take out the engines of drug runners’ go-fast boats in the Caribbean, shooting from the back of a helicopter while the traffickers hurtle along at high speed.

But without regular combat operations, kit development can stall – one of the factors prompting a ‘DARE Lair’ (Dragons’ Den) event at 3 Commando Brigade’s headquarters in Plymouth during the summer to showcase new kit and listen to suggestions from across the Corps.

“This initiative is an easy and effective way for individuals with a good idea to have their say in resourcing capability,” said Lieutenant Commander Matt Cox.

“Thanks to the success of this initiative 40 Commando’s snipers have the latest cutting-edge technology to complement their high personal soldiering skills, allowing them to retain their global reputation as the world’s best.

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