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
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 enquiries (at) omconf.com for the location.
Group booking of 3 or more delegates = 10% discount
For Sponsorship and Exhibition packages please contact us for details.
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
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.