The Sniper Symposium

12th & 13th September 2018


Salisbury, United Kingdom



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Sponsors & Exhibitors


About the Symposium




The Sniper Symposium will take place on the 12th & 13th September 2018 at a hotel in Salisbury and COTEC at West Lavington.

The aim of the symposium is to examine the likely development of precision shooting capabilities over the next decade. The event will include senior requirements briefings by international military personnel at the Hotel in Salisbury and a day & night practical shoot at COTEC, a nearby range complex, showcasing the latest weapons, ammunition, sights and targets.


The last decade of conflict and the development of technology has seen a revival of sniping in most military organisations. Snipers can be deployed in all phases of war, in law enforcement operations, in any weather, day or night and any battlefield terrain. Snipers can be included in a commander’s battle plan to achieve a desired effect. Roles include: the destruction of key personnel or equipment; counter-sniping; to delay and disrupt enemy operations; battlefield commentary and to gather battlefield intelligence through observation and reconnaissance.

To achieve this the typical Sniper equipment set includes precision weapons, ammunition, and equipment that enables sniper teams to move, hide, and engage/disengage opposition forces. Assets employed by sniper teams provide a high level of accuracy with a minimal signature, reducing the risk of compromise/detection. The equipment will provide increased precision and range, will enable the sniper to more effectively engage targets, human (protected or unprotected), and light materiel, out to 2,000 meters. The systems are lightweight and will be operational day or night; in all weather conditions; on land, sea, or air.

The Sniper Symposium will feature presentations covering the latest military thinking and a practical demonstration of the most up to date technology

Who will/should attend


The Sniper Symposium will be attended by military, defence industry and law enforcement personnel from the UK and overseas.

Symposium Location

For security reasons we will only provide the conference location on request or to registered attendees. Please email enquiries (at) for the location.


  1. Industry Delegate = £850 + VAT
  2. Military /Govt Delegate = £160 + VAT


Group booking of 3 or more delegates = 10% discount

For Sponsorship and Exhibition packages please contact us for details.

Symposium Agenda

The agenda is still work in progress. The following speakers/organisations are confirmed at this stage:


British Army Sniper Developments & Training

SSGT Eddie Bateman, Lead Sniper Instructor, Support Weapons School, British Army

Development of Sniper Capabilities in the Italian Army

Lt Col Livio Cavallaro, Chief of Sniper & Fire Support Weapon Training Department, Infantry School, Italian Army

The USMC Sniper Schoolhouse

Capt John George, Officer-in-Charge, Scout Sniper Instructor School, United States Marine Corps

Snipers in the New Zealand Defence Force

TBD Speaker, New Zealand Army

Norwegian Sniper developments

Capt Alan Jensen, Chief Sniper Instructor, Norwegian Army Combat Center

Canadian Sniper Developments

Major Carl Gendron, Directorate of Land Procurements (DLR), Crew Served Weapons & Snipers, Canadian Armed Forces


Event Timings and Organisation


The Range

COTEC is a UK MOD facility on the edge of Salisbury Plain training area with the facility to fire any calibre of ammunition into the Artillery impact area. Ranges in excess of 4km are available to shoot with no restriction on ammunition natures.

The event will include a day on the range at COTEC on the 13th September including a night shoot.

Timings & Format

Wednesday 12th September

13:30 – 14:00 – Registration of delegates at Salisbury Hotel

14:00 - 17:30 Presentations

17:30 – 19:30 Social at Hotel

Thursday 13th September

09:00 – 12:00 – Presentations at Hotel. Sponsors check zero and set up at range.

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:30 – Depart for range at COTEC

14:00 – 17:30 – Effects demo & daylight shoot

17:30 – 19:00 - Check Fire/Evening meal

19:00 – 21:00 – Night Shoot

21:30 – Transport to Hotel - Finish


Attendees can either drive to COTEC themselves or travel on the coach that will be provided. The coach will return to Salisbury after the event.