A Canadian elite special forces sniper deployed in Iraq has broken the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in history.
A member of the elite Special Forces unit, Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2) killed an ISIS militant from 3,450 metres (2.1 miles) away. The sniper was using a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle while firing from a high-rise during an operation that took place within the last month in Iraq. It took under 10 seconds to hit the target.
For operational security reasons, the names of the sniper nor the location where the action took place was not revealed. The distance, the strength of the wind and the curvature of the Earth were all factors the sniper had to take into consideration when firing.
“The Canadian Special Operations Command can confirm that a member of Joint Task Force 2 successfully hit a target at 3,540 metres,” the forces said in a statement. “For operational security reasons and to preserve the safety of our personnel and our Coalition partners we will not discuss precise details on when and how this incident took place.”
The shot broke the previous record held by British sniper Craig Harrison, who shot a Taliban gunner with a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle from 2,475 metres away in 2009.
Previously, Canadian Corporal Rob Furlong had set the world record in 2002 at 2,430 metres when he gunned down an Afghan insurgent during Operation Anaconda. Canadian Master Cpl. Arron Perry had also briefly held the record after he fatally shot a militant at 2,310 metres during the same operation. Both soldiers were members of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.