The L85A2 AWS is an assault rifle with a scope with integrated thermal and night vision. With its thermal and night vision scope, it is commonly used by spotters for snipers. Players are able to swap between the two scopes with the 'N' button.
Despite being able to be zeroed up to 800m, the L85A2 AWS lacks accuracy and firepower to take down targets at ranges farther than 400m. It also features two zoom levels, accessible via the + and - keys with the default mapping. There's also a laser designator accessible via the "L" key which can only be seen by players using a night vision device. This makes the weapon useful for assigning targets for a squad, however, if your target is also using NV Goggles, the laser will give away your position. This laser has also been known to cause the night vision scope of the L85A2 AWS to darken due to the intensity of the light.
As of the 188.8.131.52 update, the L85A2 AWS can no longer be found in Chernarus. In previous versions, it could only be found at helicopter crash sites. It is not advisable to engage a player with a sniper rifle at range, since accuracy is a problem with this rifle.