CONNECTING THE DEFENCE COMMUNITY WITH INSIGHT, INTELLIGENCE & OPPORTUNITIES

Officially Supported By: dco_logo_land_webonly_k dcb_logo_land_webonly_k
Official Media Partners for: dPRTE_logo_land_webonly_k

Defence Minister Guto Bebb has announced that the Ministry of Defence is upgrading the British Army’s standard combat rifle to ensure troops are equipped with the best possible battle-winning kit.

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.

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 also 100g lighter than the A2 and has a more streamlined fore grip making the weapon easier to handle.

The upgrade features 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.

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.”

image © Crown Copyright

If you would like to join our community and read more articles like this then please click here.

A3 Guto Bebb Mid Life Improvement project Ministry of Defence SA80 A2

Post written by: Matt Brown


LATEST STAKEHOLDER

Become a Stakeholder today and benefit from an exclusive marketing package which will allow you to:

  • Engage with active defence buyers and key supply chain partners
  • Create your own branded micro-site which within Defence Online which is managed by you
  • Have a dedicated Digital Account Manager to help enhance your Stakeholder page
  • Promote your news, products, press releases, eBooks and Videos as a Defence Online partner which feeds through to our homepage and social media channels
  • Have your company promoted on our partner website Defence Contracts Online (DCO)
  • All news promoted in mynewsdesk, a major hub for all of our news articles which enables news to be picked up from trade magazines, national newspapers and many other publications which offers extra exposure at no additional cost!

Contact us today or call us on 0161 413 6170 to take advantage of this exclusive marketing package

RELATED ARTICLES

April 13, 2018

Homeland - Enhanced MOD building standards to save the UK taxpayer up to 20%

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation has published improved building performance standards which could save the UK taxpayer between 15 and 20 percent on Ministry of Defence

April 9, 2018

Air - Leonardo to outfit the MOD with Apache defensive aids

At the FIDAE exhibition in Chile, Leonardo announced the award of a contract to outfit the UK Ministry of Defence