Defexpo 2020: SSS Defence displays new sniper rifles

05 February 2020

SSS Defence displayed its Sabre sniper rifle chambered for the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge at the 5–9 February Defexpo exhibition in Lucknow. Jane’s/Jayesh Dhingra

Indian company Stumpp Schuele & Somappa (SSS) Defence displayed two new sniper rifles during the 5-9 February Defexpo 2020 exhibition in Lucknow, northern India.

Managing Director Satish R Machani told Jane's that the company holds the proprietary rights for the locally developed sniper rifles - called Viper and Sabre - and added that the weapons will be fully manufactured in India.

"The bolt-action Sabre and Viper rifles are chambered for the .338 Lapua Magnum and the 7.62 × 51 NATO calibres, respectively," added Dinesh Shivanna, the company's chief technology officer.

The Sabre is fitted with an aluminium alloy receiver coated with black oxide and cerakote, and features a MIL-STD-1913 (Picatinny) rail system at the 3, 6, 9, and 12 o'clock positions. The weapon, which is available in three barrel lengths of 24, 26, and 27 inches with a 1:11.25" RH Twist, is designed with ergonomic features such as an adjustable butt-stock for length and height, and an ambidextrous magazine release.

The weapon weighs 7 kg, while the all-up weight - including the in-house designed day-night weapon sights, suppressor, and tripod - amounts to 9 kg.

The company also displayed a range of small arms including a designated marksman rifle and a carbine.

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