SAS armed with rifles that can blast helicopters out of the sky in one shot

The SAS have been armed with a rifle so powerful it can destroy heavily shielded vehicles in one blow.

The Gepard GM6 Lynx has been likened to a howitzer cannon for its devastating impact, despite weighing just 23lb and measuring less than 4ft long.

The advanced semi-automatic rifle, made in Hungary, has a range of one-and-a-quarter miles and features a barrel that retracts like an artillery gun back into the body of the rifle to absorb the enormous recoil, Mail Online reports.

The £9,000 weapon uses a magazine of five .50-calibre Raufoss Mk2 bullets, which it can fire in under three seconds and punch through armour before exploding inside a fuel tank or the interior of an armoured vehicle.

Although it is powerful, it is easy to carry and ideal for parachuting into the battlefield.

One Special Forces member said: "The GM6 is fantastic. It’s like going into battle carrying an artillery piece.

"The troops call it the howitzer. It's an absolutely massive punch.

"The rounds it fires can stop a truck bomb in its tracks. A team equipped with one of these could take out half a dozen very expensive fighters or helicopters very quickly."

The SAS, SBS and the Special Reconnaissance Regiment are believed to have bought 150 of the rifles.

They have already been deployed in Syria and Iraq.

The Ministry of Defence has been approached by the Daily Star but have declined to comment.

The news comes after a secret SAS hacker squad was made public with a job advert looking for someone to join the team.

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Any "extraordinary talented electronics" engineers interested in the £33,000-a-year vacancy would have seen the address and phone number for SAS barracks.

However, the Ministry of Defence, who posted the job on its website soon realised the gaffe and took down the advert, which revealed a team within the special forces.

According to the job listing, the lucky candidate will be working within the Computer Network Operations Exploitation Unit based in Hereford.

The revealing description of the secretive role, visible to anyone browsing the MoD website will have left some red faces among those who published the advert.

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