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ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Georgia – The Air Force Lifecycle Management Center Small Arms Program Office is in the final phase of delivering the Squad Designated Sniper Rifle (SDMR) to U.S. Air Force units.

Manufactured by Heckler & Koch, the 7.62x51mm caliber semi-automatic rifle is designed for missions requiring combat surveillance and provides units with precision fire capability to accurately engage targets up to 600 yards away.

Introduced to Air Force units for the first time this year, the rifle is a versatile asset and is intended to meet multiple missions taking place around the world.

It will replace older M24 sniper weapon systems for security force defenders performing garrison base defense and emergency support operations.

The SDMR is lighter than other 7.62 platforms and will also replace the M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper Systems Rifle for Pararescuemen and Guardian Angels, saving them 5 pounds of gear during their mission.

Finally, the SDMR’s sniping capability will be utilized by Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians to dispose of small ordnance in their remote ordnance disruption activities.

A total of 1,464 SDMRs have been purchased and will be distributed throughout the Air Force based on approved allocations.

“We are thrilled to bring this incredible weapon system into service,” said Matthew Hamer, Small Arms Program Office Manager. “Being able to field a solution that can effectively perform multiple missions embodies Air Force acquisition strategies and demonstrates Airmen’s ability to adapt to any situation.”

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