High Angle/Urban (HA/U) Sniper Course 


Two week course designed for trained sniper teams. Course teaches the skills necessary to deliver precision fire from concealment in both urban and mountain environments. Nations are highly encouraged to send complete two-man sniper teams with their own organic equipment and ammunition to get the full value of the training.


  • Engage up/down-slope targets at ranges between 300 – 1800M with precision fire under combat conditions during hours of limited visibility
  • Engage targets down slope with an angle of up to 40 degrees at a distance of 400M
  • Engage targets up slope with an angle up to 40 degrees at a distance of 400M
  • Engage targets across valleys up to 1800M
  • Stalking in mountainous terrain
  • Engage targets with precision fire in an urban environment under combat conditions during hours of limited visibility
  • Engaging targets through intermediate barriers
  • Urban tactical movement
  • Urban marksmanship day/night
  • Stalking in urban terrain
  • Planning sniper missions in urban terrain


Course duration is 15 days*.

Countries wishing to store ammunition at ISTC for future courses may do so by contacting the Sniper Branch NCOIC at 0049 172 618 9144 for coordination.


The course takes place at LIZUM, AUSTRIA (near INNSBRUCK), LEHNIN Urban Training Area (near BERLIN) and in PFULLENDORF. High altitude (approximately 2000 meters) and winter conditions are likely to apply even in spring and fall classes. Students must come prepared for such conditions.


Request for Visit/ Country Clearance for Germany and Austria Training facilities must be submitted trough the proper National channels a minimum six (6) weeks prior to attending the course.

Personnel ID, service and passport numbers, as well as, a certificate of national sniper qualification (diploma) must be submitted to ISTC six (6) weeks prior to attending the course. Students bringing their own weapons must carry NATO Travel Orders authorizing them to carry (transport) their weapons for the duration of the training. Travel will be conducted from PFULLENDORF to AUSTRIA, AUSTRIA to BERLIN, and BERLIN to PFULLENDORF. ISTC will provide all required transportation for the duration of the course. No private, rental or other vehicles are to be used for official travel during the course. Students may leave their private, rental or other vehicles at the Kaserne in PFULLENDORF until course completion.


Students must submit to ISTC, NLT six (6) weeks prior to the course, a list with the ID numbers of all sensitive items. German and Austrian authorities will not allow individuals to travel with their organic sniper equipment if this information is not submitted prior to course attendance.


Students must be trained snipers who have graduated from a National or International Sniper Course prior to attending this course. Students must arrive in sound medical condition with a note signed by a medical doctor. Students are also expected to be experienced in Land Navigation using a compass and 1:50,000 scale map. Students must score 60% or higher on the Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLIELC) English Comprehension Level (ECL) Test. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the following websites for additional information:

Students must pass a mandatory shoot in test prior to beginning training at the urban facility in BERLIN. This test is a safety requirement of the German Range Control for shooting at the urban facility. Students who fail this test will not be allowed to participate in the urban live fire events but may remain to take part in non-live fire training. Shoot-in standard: From a distance of 100M, students will fire one 5 round shot group at the designated target using their sniper weapons system; all five rounds must be within 10CM of the centre of the target (see example below).


If necessary, ISTC will provide students with a G22 (Accuracy International Arctic Warfare 7.62 x 67mm (.300 WinMag) or NM-149 Sniper Weapon System (7.62 x 51mm) and ammunition.

      • Students may bring their own ammunition to the course with the following restrictions: LEHNIN (Urban Training Area) is limited to 5.56 mm, 7.62×51 mm (.308) and 7.62×67 mm (.300 WinMag). LIZUM-WALCHEN Training Area can accommodate weapons up to .50 caliber.
      • German students may not bring their own ammunition. All ammunition for the Bundeswehr weapons will be provided by ISTC

ISTC will provide German Army AC-51 (.300 WinMag), 7.62×51 mm (.308) and the blank ammunition for .300 WinMag and .308 rifles. No other categories or types of ammunition are available at ISTC for this course*.


Nations are highly encouraged to send students in organic 2 man sniper teams. Nations may also send organic sniper cells if desired. ISTC will accommodate reasonable requests to integrate sniper cells into training but training for these additional personnel will be subordinate to execution of the course POI.


Students will be given performance feedback throughout the course on stalks, missions, and marksmanship events. Students who pass the entry tests and complete all course events will be awarded a course diploma.


ISTC does not have long range communication equipment for student use. Students who bring organic communication equipment may incorporate it into their full mission profiles if desired. There will be one full mission profile in both the mountain and urban phase of training. These missions may be tailored to accommodate sniper teams who would like to incorporate cameras and communications if desired and feasible. Students exercising this option must ensure that they are fully equipped to do so.


All travel will be conducted in civilian clothing. All training in the mountain phase will be conducted in ghillie suits. Training in the urban phase will be conducted in both urban ghillie suits and full kit (individual combat equipment to include body armor and helmet). Civilian clothing appropriate for the training environment is also authorized.


Duty uniform during the course is appropriate national uniform, ghillie suits and equipment.

If you have any questions, please E-mail us: inquiries@istc-sof.org

*Further details can be found in the Joining Instructions available at the sending Unit or the respective Ministry of Defense (MoD).