The Bangladesh Army boasts some of the best sniper rifles and anti-material rifles in the world for its elite sniper teams. Some of the long range anti-material rifles in the Army’s arsenal can shoot targets 2 miles away!
Here’s a line up of the Army’s sniper rifles.
Of these the Type 85 is the first mass deployed precision rifle issued to Army and Border Guard units however the Type 85 would be placed in reserve and training for Army units who will all gradually be equipped with combat-proven British long range sniper and anti-material rifles supplied by Accuracy International and Rangemaster Precision Arms. The Army’s decision to use Accuracy International and Rangemaster sniper rifles indicates a gradual push towards sophisticated weapons and tactics as laid out in Forces Goal 2030 defence modernisation blueprint.
On the other hand for comparison Indian and Myanmar armies use an array of Russian, South African and indigenously built sniper rifles.
Standard Issue Bangladesh Army Sniper Rifles:
- Anti-Material Rifle: AX50 Long Range Anti-Material Rifle
- Long Range Sniper Rifle: AX338 Long Range Sniper Rifle
- Standard Range Sniper Rifle: Rangemaster .308 Sniper Rifle
- Reserve Sniper Rifle: Type 85 Sniper Rifle *
Border Guard Bangladesh uses the Type 85 as a sniper rifle due to its price and relatively low intensity mission role in border areas, whereas the Type 85 is relegated as a reserve/training weapon in the Army. It is also in service with the Bangladesh Police’s elite Rapid Action Battalion crime fighting unit and has been deployed during anti-terrorism operations. The Type 85 also saw use in UN Peacekeeping missions with confirmed kills in Africa by members of the Bangladesh Army during clashes with rebel forces there.