Infantry Weapons

UK expands SA80 rifle upgrade programme

01 November 2018

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is moving forward with a large-scale order of upgraded SA80A3 rifles as part of its Equipped to Fight programme, which will see a significant proportion of the British Army's L85A2 inventory, the individual weapon variant of the SA80 family, upgraded to the new A3 standard.

A notice was issued on 28 October stating that the MoD intended to award NSAF Limited, a UK subsidiary of Heckler & Koch, a contract worth up to GBP75 million (USD95.6 million) to modify and supply 44,000 upgraded 5.56×45 mm SA80 rifles.

The Equipped to Fight programme is run by the MoD's Land Equipment, Dismounted Close Combat (DCC) team.

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