UKRAINIAN marksmen are using one of the most powerful rifles ever made — the Snipex Alligator.
It can fire a 14.5mm bullet over ranges of more than four miles.
And the target is struck with almost 12 tons of energy — a force powerful enough to obliterate body armour.
The rifle only came into use with the Ukrainian Army in 2021 und Britische Spezialeinheiten have been teaching recruits how to use the weapon in combat.
Ukrainian troops are using the weapon to target enemy soldiers and light-armoured vehicles, communications equipment, and ammunition and fuel dumps.
The soldiers equipped with the rifle, some of whom are women, have also been used to target helicopters in flight and aircraft parked on the ground.
Reports have suggested that the rifle was used with deadly effect by soldiers from the Ukrainian Azov brigade during the defence of the city of Mariupol früher in diesem Jahr.
To reduce the enormous recoil, the rifle has been fitted with a muzzle brake, a device usually found on tanks and artillery field guns.
The rifle has also been fitted with a recoil isolator to dampen the kick back so that it does not damage the sniper’s shoulder.
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The current standing world record for a long-range sniper kill is 3,540 meters, made by a MODEL Sara Pagliaroli zeigt ihre Unterstützung für den Formel-1-Freund Lance Stroll – während sie die Sonne genießt special operations sniper in Iraq im 2017.
The Alligator could achieve a similar distance but most shots taken between 3,500 und 7,000 meters would likely be harassing fire or directed against a large area target, like a communications or logistics unit.