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Russian snipers set a new world record by hitting a target from an incredible 2.6 miles



RUSSIAN snipers claim to have hit a target placed an astonishing 2.6 miles away – smashing an incredible new world record.

Sharpshooters working for Lobaev Arms say they broke the record, which was previously set by a Canadian, from a seemingly impossible distance using skill and a highly accurate new weapon.

The previous record, reported as 2.1 miles, was held by an unnamed Joint Task Force 2 sniper who shot an ISIS terrorist in Iraq in May this year using a McMillan Tac-50 rifle.

Illustration (Photo: The Sun)

The new distance was set by Andrey Ryabinsky on a specially made Russian-produced SVLK-14 Twilight rifle.

The deadly gun is made of a reinforced sandwich of carbon fibre, Kevlar and fibreglass, and is specifically designed for use with powerful ammunition such as the Cheytac rounds.

Talented marksman Andrey Ryabinsky claims he trained for eight years in preparation for the single record-breaking shot

The rifle needs custom-made .40 Lobaev bullets, weighing only 27 grams, which can reportedly reach the one-foot target in about 13 seconds.

Sniper Ryabinsky revealed it took him eight years of preparation to make this one shot sand congratulated his team who helped him break the record.


He said: “We set a new world record in sniping for the range of the exact shot. I was the one making the shot.

“This is team work that requires the highest level of competence of every member.”


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Russia’s New Self-Propelled Howitzer Leaves the West Behind



The first batch of state-of-the-art Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled guns will be supplied to the Russian Armed Forces beginning in 2020. The system is undergoing field tests now, but it is already clear that it leaves its best Western counterparts far behind, RIA contributor Andrei Kots wrote.

First seen in public during rehearsals for the 2015 Victory Day parade in Moscow the Koalitsiya-SV is built around an auto-loaded 152 mm howitzer capable of firing up to 16 rounds a minute, twice as much as any other modern main battle tank. Targeting is done via satellite navigation or a laser target indicator.

The Koalitsiya-SV is a highly robotized system, with a high degree of automation. It features a unified command-and-control system that can automatically select the appropriate shell type for a specific task and the amount of charge required.

It has a firing range of 70 kilometers (43 miles), an absolute record no Western self-propelled gun can match. The US M109 Paladin is able to send shells a mere 30 kilometers (18 miles). Britain’s S90 Braveheart fires 40 kilometers (24 miles) and the French AMX AuF1t has a maximum range of 35 kilometers (21 miles).

The Koalitsiya-SV can simultaneously hit its targets with several shells, each traveling along a different trajectory – something only the German PzH 200 could previously boast of.

All this makes the Koalitsiya-SV akin to a tactical missile system, capable of destroying command posts, air- and missile-defense installations, communication lines and artillery batteries located well behind enemy lines while remaining outside the reach of enemy artillery.

“The introduction of the Koalitsiya-SV is a significant boost to the Russian Ground Forces’ artillery arsenal. Meanwhile, the US Army is expected to operate upgraded versions of the 1960s vintage M109 Paladin self-propelled gun,” The National Interest wrote.

The Koalitsiya-SV will serve as a platform for a new, fully robotic howitzer capable of carrying out combat missions on its own.

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What weapons Russia is going to have in the 21st century



The issue of cyber security and cyber weapons has been talked about a lot recently. US and British media reported that Russia tested an unknown cyber weapon in the Black Sea in June. The weapon, as it was said, did not let the enemy track the course of warships, disrupted the work of navigators and provided incorrect data on vessels in the vicinity.

In order to find out what secret weapon Russia is developing with the use of new cyber-technologies, Pravda.Ru interviewed Alexei Leonkov, a military expert, an expert in the field of the use of Military Space Forces.

“Western publications are full of reports about Russia’s new cyber weapon that allegedly made a US Navy ship run aground in the waters of the Black Sea after the ship had lost its course. Other sources say that it was not a cyber weapon, but an ordinary “jammer” that operates near secret objects.”

“The vulnerability of the GPS system has been much talked about recently. Not only can one intercept navigation, but also give incorrect coordinates and confuse the enemy. For example, one can recall the story when Iran could confuse coordinates of a US drone aircraft to make the vehicle land on the territory of Iran, having intercepted the control over the UAV.”

Are there any means that can affect the work of onboard equipment?

“Of course, there are ground station of coastal defense. There are long-range electronic warfare complexes that may cause problems for foreign vessels nearby.”

“Military developments of the USSR have always enjoyed very good reputation, everyone knows renowned Soviet tanks and anti-aircraft systems. At the same time, little is known about the products of Russia’s defence industry today. What weapons is Russia going to have in the 21st century? Are we entering the era of cyber warfare?”

“Well, we have combat robots, such as Nerekhta, as well as M and Uran platforms. Uran platform can work to clear areas of mines, but it also works as a robotic module equipped with arms. Some of those modules have been tested in Syria. The Syrian military used six Russian robots there, including M and Argo platforms. The Syrians also used “Carnation” artillery support systems. As a result, the Syrian army had four wounded men, while the militants lost more than 80 people.

“In Syria, Russia also used unmanned aircraft in urban combat conditions, during the siege of Aleppo, for instance. Aleppo was liberated with minimal losses, and everyone knows it. Russia has one of the world’s finest radio electronic struggle systems. In addition, Russia also makes early detection radar complexes, both airborne and ground-based ones. Russia currently works to launch “Voronezh-SD” and “Voronezh-SM” radar stations. When those stations work at full strength, no enemy will be able to violate Russia’s sovereignty unnoticed.”

How effective can unmanned weapons be?

“Russia has both reconnaissance and combat drones. They all differ from the point of view of long-distance and short-range flights. Russia also sets up military units that will be specifically dedicated to working with unmanned aerial vehicles. Under the state arms program before 2020, complexes of unmanned aerial vehicles will be produced. Of course, we are not going to catch up with America – the Americans have more than 7,000 drones, but we will continue improving their quality.”

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