NATO snipers have been performing high-angle shooting way up in the Austrian Alps - and the images are stunning
Military snipers from several NATO countries recently practiced high-angle shooting in the Austrian Alps.
Snipers from Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, the United States, and other NATO countries practiced the shooting from Sept. 9-14 at the International Special Training Centre's High-Angle/Urban course at the Hochfilzen Training Area.
"High-angle shooting is when you shoot further than 300 meters at angles greater than 15 degrees," Lt. Alexander Rishovd, a sniper instructor assigned to the Norwegian Army Land Warfare Centre, said.
"Imagine the whole shooting process being a triangle and the sniper is on top, the line of sight to the target at the other end is greater than the distance the bullet travels in a flat line," Rishovd said. "With the greater the angle the more the deviation between the line of sight and the distance that gravity has to affect the bullet."
And the pictures are stunning.
Check them out below.
The NATO soldiers hiked 6,500 feet up to the high-angle range several times during the five-day period, even using packhorses to help get their gear up.
And the training taught the soldiers how to pack lightly.
After ascending to the range, they started the high-angle shooting.
They practiced shooting directly across valleys.
Down into valleys.
They also used smoke to help ascertain how fast and in which direction the wind was blowing.
“The calculations are not very difficult,” one Belgian Special Forces soldier said. “The challenge is the shooting positions."
They even practiced "stress shoots," which test a soldier's physical fitness and firearms training together to replicate a combat situation.
Snipers from different countries were paired together too.
After the training sessions, the snipers hiked back down from the high-angle range.
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