New British Army Newsletter Offers Detail on SA80A3 Rifle Programme

The British Army has launched a new bi-annual newsletter, In Front, as part of its push to keep soldiers and the public more informed about what they do. Inside the first issue is a round up of the British Army’s recent small arms changes.

In Front confirms that the SA80A3 project was initiated “as an in-year opportunity to enhance the in service A2” and act as a proof of concept for the rifle’s life extension. It is also confirmed that 5,000 SA80A3’s will be issued by the end of the year to Army Dismounted Close Combat units that are deploying on operations or are held at high readiness to deploy. The newsletter also confirms that the shooting teams of the various service arms and the Army Reserves have received the new rifle as well as elements of the Royal Marines and the RAF regiment. It is also confirmed that a ‘business case’ is in progress “that will allow further procurement of 10K weapons over the next 2-3 years”, this however is a drop in the ocean considering how large the L85A2 fleet is.

Also discussed is the British Army’s L129A1 sharpshooter rifle. In Front confirms that the British Army procured a

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Originally posted on The Firearm Blog