The Sniper Symposium will take place on the 20th & 21st October 2021 at a hotel in Swindon and at COTEC in 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 a hotel* in the Swindon area and a day & night practical shoot at COTEC, a nearby range complex, showcasing the latest weapons, ammunition, sights and targets.
* Note: For security reasons we will only reveal the hotel location to persons who are bone fide applicants.
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
The Sniper Symposium will be attended by military, defence industry and law enforcement personnel from the UK and overseas.
For security reasons we will only provide the conference location on request or to registered attendees. Please email digby.williams (at) omconf.com for the location.
Group booking of 3 or more delegates = 10% discount
Contact Digby Williams: digby.williams (AT) omconf.com for details.
For Sponsorship and Exhibition packages please contact us for details.
The 2021 agenda is not complete yet. The following speakers and topics where included at the 2020 event:
Accuracy International Presentation
Luke Colman, Sales & Training, Accuracy International
New Advancements in Sniper Platforms
Jordan Progar, International Sales Manager, Barrett Firearms
Norwegian Sniper developments
Major Alan Jensen, Master Sniper, Norwegian Army
Modern Sniper Requirements Development
Graham Hill, Firepower Business Development, Level Peaks Associates
Enabling 24hr medium to long range precision fires for the Dismounted Operator.
David Lever, UK Sales & Marketing Manager, Qioptiq Ltd
Next Generation Optics for Special Operations
Paul Harkness, Senior Sales Manager Brolis Photonics Solutions Ltd
Optics Warehouse Presentation
Danish Army Snipers
Warrant Officer Hans Lundgaard, SME Sniper Training, Danish Army
Enhancements to Combat Sniping post Afghanistan
Frank Fletcher, Director – Sniper Solutions International Ltd
United States Marine Corps Sniper capabilities today & tomorrow
Captain John George, Officer in Charge, Scout Sniper School, Weapons Training Battalion, United States Marine Corps
Future of Royal Marines Sniping within The Commando Force
CSgt Moon, Chief Instructor, Royal Marines Scout Sniper Training Team
Snipers in the Italian Army
Lt Col Livio Cavallaro, Chief of Sniper & Fire Support Weapon Training Department, Infantry School, Italian Army
Snipers in the Royal Netherlands Army
Sgt Maj (OR-7) Jacobus Maat, course leader sniper / marksman monitor group, Royal Netherlands Army
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 21st October including a night shoot.
Timings & Format
Wednesday 20th October
13:30 – 14:00 – Registration of delegates at hotel in Swindon
14:00 - 17:30 Presentations
17:30 – 19:30 Social at Hotel
Thursday 21st October
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 Swindon after the event.