News story: British Army’s rifle set for multi-million-pound upgrade

MoD_RSS

War Hero
The SA80 A2 hand held assault weapon will be upgraded into the A3 model under the Mid Life Improvement (MLI) project, which will ensure the rifle has the enhancements needed to remain in service until 2025 and beyond.

An initial investment of £5.4 million for the project, which will be carried out by Heckler and Koch, will help sustain around 20 highly skilled jobs at the Nottingham Small Arms Factory owned by the company.

Defence Minister Guto Bebb said:


This multi-million-pound upgrade will give our Army a lighter, more hardwearing, better-camouflaged combat rifle so our soldiers can perform on the frontline of some of the most dangerous locations across the world. This investment is also a boost to Nottingham’s highly-skilled gun-makers who proudly support our troops in their task to protect our country in the face of intensifying threats.

The changes to the rifle include:

  • A more durable hardwearing coating in a “Flat Dark Earth” colour offering better camouflage in a range of environments.
  • The A3 is 100g lighter than the A2 and has a more streamlined fore grip making the weapon easier to handle.
  • The A3 rifle has a bracket to secure new innovative low light sights which can clip on or in front of the day sight without the need to remove it. These sights are smaller, lighter and require fewer batteries whilst operating just as effectively in low light/night conditions.

Director Land Equipment at the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, Major General Colin McClean said:


The SA80 is a battle proven weapon used by the UK Armed Forces on operations all over the world. The upgrade will build upon the rifle’s state-of-the-art features enhancing accuracy and consistency. The Mid Life Improvement project will ensure that our troops have the right equipment at the right time.

The MLI project will see 5,000 weapons upgraded initially with the intent to upgrade more weapons in the future. The fielding of the first tranche began in February.

Continue reading...
 
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
MoD_RSS News story: Chinese market access gives a multimillion pound boost for British beef MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Five Trustees appointed to the British Library Board MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: British Steel Limited in liquidation: information for customers, suppliers and employees MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Hundreds of British troops arrive in Croatia for airborne exercises MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Business Secretary chairs British Steel Support Group and visits company in the steel supply chain MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: UK on verge of revolution to make parking easier and help British high streets MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Greg Clark visits Scunthorpe, Skinningrove and Teesside to meet British Steel staff MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Greg Clark visits Scunthorpe, Skinningrove and Teeside to meet British Steel staff MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: British Steel Limited in liquidation: information for customers, employees, potential buyers and creditors MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: British Steel Limited in liquidation: information for customers, employees and creditors MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: New appointees to British Transport Police Authority board MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: British Embassy Vientiane, Laos - Call for bids 2019/20 MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Liam Fox highlights British Investment success at Mansion House Speech MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: British Aerospace ATP, loss of electrical power MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: British Antarctic Territory Government website MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Extra £200 million backing for British business MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: British instruments reveal secrets of Martian sky MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Grayson Perry reappointed as Trustee for The British Museum MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Three Trustees Appointed to the British Museum MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: British equine exports race ahead as Grand National looks to draw record overseas viewers MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Ian McCaig reappointed as a Board Member of the British Tourist Authority MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: UK businesses embrace global demand for British produce MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: UK backs British aid organisations in the event of no deal MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: The British High Commission, Singapore Commits to a #GenderPledge on International Women's Day 2019 MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: British businesses back the Jordanian economy MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Payment scheme for former British child migrants MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: British Army tests innovative virtual reality training MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Animal medicine seizure notice: Belgica De Weerd stand at The British Homing World Show. MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Defence Secretary sets sights on next century of British air power MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Japan opens market to British beef and lamb MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Trustees Reappointed at the British Library MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: New pound coin goes global with rollout to British overseas nations MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: British space tech transforms education for 34,000 students in Africa MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: British Army receives pioneering bomb disposal robots MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit British Forces Cyprus MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Export boost for UK industry as India opens market to British sheep meat MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: British firms secure £2 billion of deals at Expo in Shanghai MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Army start biggest military robot exercise in British history, Defence Secretary announces MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: New £1bn deal to support Navy operations will support over 700 British jobs for a decade, Defence Minister announces MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Streets ahead: British AI eyes scan future frontline in multinational urban experiment MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: British-armed F-35B Lightning jet takes to the skies MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: British Military steps up Women, Peace and Security efforts MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Waddington to operate Protector, with best of British air power on show at Air Tattoo MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Defence Secretary meets Australian defence minister following £20bn British warship deal MoD News 1
MoD_RSS News story: British prosperity relies on defence according to independent review MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: British Army set to redefine warfare with joint Autonomous Warrior MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: British Army’s new air defence missile blasts airborne target by Baltic Sea MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Wreaths laid to honour sacrifice of British peacekeepers MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Flagship AI Lab announced as Defence Secretary hosts first meet between British and American defence innovators MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: British army officer killed during WW1 is honoured as he is laid to rest MoD News 0
Similar threads


















































Latest Threads

New Posts

Top