Defence in the Media: Thursday 12 April 2018

Today’s defence related news includes coverage of the continued situation in Syria and the announced upgrade to the British Army’s standard combat rifle.

Syrian Conflict

There is extensive coverage of the situation in Syria across today's broadcast and print media including on many front pages. The main focus of the coverage surrounds speculation on the international response.

British Army's rifle set for multi-million-pound upgrade

The Forces Network and Nottingham based regional media have reported that the SA80 A2 hand held assault weapon will be upgraded into the A3 model, which will ensure the rifle has the enhancements needed to remain in service until 2025 and beyond.

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 of the day

The SA80 A3 hand held assault weapon