Past event: The Sniper Symposium

About the Symposium

The Sniper Symposium will take place on the 4th & 5th October 2023 at a venue in Newbury and at COTEC in 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 a hotel* in the Swindon area and a day & night practical shoot at COTEC, a nearby range complex, showcasing the latest weapons, ammunition, sights and targets.

* Note: For security reasons we will only reveal the event location to persons who are bone fide applicants.


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

Who will/should attend

The Sniper Symposium will be attended by military, defence industry and law enforcement personnel from the UK and overseas.

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2023 Event Timings and Organisation

The Range
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 5th October including a night shoot.

Timings & Format

Wednesday 4th October
13:30 – 14:00 – Registration of delegates at the venue in Newbury
14:00 - 17:30 Presentations
17:30 – 19:30 Social at venue

Thursday 5th October
09:00 – 12:00 – Presentations at Venue. 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 Venue - Finish

Attendees can either drive to COTEC themselves or travel on the coach that will be provided. The coach will return to Swindon after the event.


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Symposium Location

For security reasons we will only provide the conference location on request or to registered attendees. Please email digby.williams (at) for the location.
Event details
Organizer : OMEGA
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-24491