The Australian Department of Defence has selected the Accuracy International AX-SR as the Long Range platform for the sniper capability of the L159 contract. The rifle will be introduced into service as a multi-calibre system, capable of being configured to .338 Lapua Magnum, .300 Norma Magnum and 7.62mm NATO calibres.
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At the same time, the Australian Defence Department also selected a Sniper Surveillance Capability package, to provide ADF snipers with a day and night capability. The system includes the Safran JIM Compact multispectral surveillance device and Steiner laser range-finding binoculars. In total, the L159 contract is worth $500 million, but note that there’s a lot more than sniper rifles included.
The JIM Compact from Safran offers 3 spectral bands and integrates advanced capabilities like a See-Spot function, Low Light Level identification, real-time photo and video recording and streaming, channels fusion and applications for long-range fires, close air support and artillery. According to the technical specifications, it can range up to 12,000 meters.
The Accuracy International AX-SR was originally developed for the USSOCOM Advanced Sniper Rifle (ASR) program won by Barrett. Here are the specifications for the rifle:
Caliber:.338 Lapua Magnum, 300 Norma Magnum and 7.62mm NATO
Weight: Approximately 15.2 lbs.
Action: Front Locking Six Lugs
Trigger: Accuracy International Competition Trigger
Safety: 2 Position Ambidextrous
Rifle Barrel Length: 27″
Rifle Barrel Twist: 1:9.35″
Barrel Thread Pitch: 3/4″-24
Rifle Stock: Dark Earth AXSR Chassis with Folding Stock
Scope Mount: 20 MOA STANAG (MIL 1913) Action Rail
Read about some of the other weapon systems selected by LAND 159, including the selection of the SIG Sauer P320 XCarry Pro to replace the classic Browning HiPower. The Benelli M3A1 has also been selected as the new close combat shotgun, more on that here.
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Photo credits: Commonwealth Copyright, Australian Department of Defense. SGT Tristan Kennedy.
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