MADRID ($1=1.00 Euro) — An unnamed Spanish military unit receives 15 sniper rifles, InfoDefensa reports. The rifles are 12.7x90mm caliber and are Barrett brand. The total purchase price is €450K [$448K], making the unit price €30,000 including VAT [$29,800].
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Neither Spain nor Barrett disclosed the specifications of the sniper rifle. The order was made without public procurement but was directly negotiated. The Spanish Ministry of Defense does not mention the accessories and additional equipment for the sniper rifle. The special military unit [or units] were also not disclosed.
Northern Technologies Defense is the company that will supply them, as it operates in Spain in this market. It was also the only company that decided to participate in the deal. The entire transaction is overseen by the Army Logistics Support Command’s Economic Affairs Headquarters. According to the Spanish online portal InfoDefensa, Northern Technologies Defense offered the best price/quality ratio.
According to Spanish sources, at the end of November, the 15 rifles should be delivered. This month [September], the Ministry of Defense of Spain, Northern Technologies Defense, and Barrett will formalize the order.
Info Defensa claims that the 12.70 mm Barrett sniper rifle has an effective range of over 1,500 meters. The weight is about ten kilograms with a length of 1145 mm. The breech is manual and has a capacity of five rounds, being able to penetrate even light armor.
Barrett is actively used by the Spanish army. The Spanish Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps are operators of this weapon system. It is not known which model has been ordered now, but one of the most commonly used in the Spanish Army is the M95SP. This model is also used by some units in the Spanish army, such as the command for special operations, parachute brigades, cavalrymen, as well as the popular Galicia Brigade.
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