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Seems the overall theme is
1) Our stuff is out of date, could we PLEASE get some better weapons
2) Snipers' usefulness is only remembered at the time of conflict, training and use are scaled back when there are no major engagements going on.

Point #1 - well, that's why we have places like adoptasniper.com :)

Point #2 can be applied to the US armed forces as well. After WWII, only the USSR kept it's snipers at the same levels, whereas the US dropped the numbers down significantly.

Despite technological achievements of satellite surveilance, UAVs, snipers continue being one of the best intel resources (yep, I know, I'm preaching to the choir). Of course, since snipers are expensive to train, budgeting without a cause (id est: major conflict) becomes an issue - so we get the rollercoaster-shaped sniper numbers. Oddly enough, it seems not to dawn on people making these decisions that since the train-up time for a sniper is significant, spiking up the number of snipers in responce to something is a delayed reaction, a-la swinging at someone when they've gotten into their car and left twenty minutes ago. Oh well, I figure four-five major conflicts later, the US will react and change. Grin.
 

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I was rather surprised that they thought of the L96 as being outdated...
 

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Yimmy said:
I was rather surprised that they thought of the L96 as being outdated...
Hehe. I guess they were envious of the .338 toys other people brought to the playhouse. :twisted:
 

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Those little planes have been being shot down left right and centre mind.
 

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Well, thats one of the beauties of UAV's, while they are expensive, no lives are lost when shot down!

MEL
 

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mele said:
Well, thats one of the beauties of UAV's, while they are expensive, no lives are lost when shot down!

MEL
Although one could argue that with a human pilot, the plane may not have been shot down in the first place. But that's a separate matter.
 
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