On April 26, pro-government activists shared photos of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) snipers training in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib.
The photos show the snipers, reportedly from the army’s elite 4th Division, were training with Syrian-made GOLAN S-01 single-shot anti-materiel sniper rifle.
First revealed in 2019, the GOLAN S-01 is a copy of the Austrian Steyr HS .50. Unlike the HS .50, which uses the NATO’s .50 BMG bullets, the GOLAN S-01 fires Soviet 12.7×108mm anti-materiel rifle cartridges.
The Syrian sniper have a maximum effective range of up to 1,600m and its also equipped with a domestic scope. Both the rifle and the scope are made by the state-owned Defense Industries Corporation (DIC).
The SAA has been training and reinforcing its troops in Greater Idlib since the start of the ceasefire regime in the area on March 5. The army and its allies appear to be preparing for a new confrontation with the Turkish military and its proxies in the region.