Well, everyone knows that the SA-80 infantry rifle has been a total disaster for the British Armed forces. Basically, the British took a proven design, the AR-18, and modified it until it no longer worked. Amazingly, they then went about distributing the SA-80 to their main line troops. Well, after dealing with years of whining and complaining by disgruntled soldiers, Britain finally decided to fix the problem. Starting in the summer of 2000, the Brits spent a total of £92 million conducting exhaustive modifications and tests, the result of which is the new SA-80 A2 product-improved rifle. Rumor has it that the new rifle actually works, which is a new one for the Brits. DefRev sincerely hopes the SA-80 A2 serves them well, as they are currently fighting alongside us in our war against Al-Qaeda and other terrorists around the globe.
Here’s a link to a "UK Defense Today" story on the SA-80 A2. The story contains more links on the SA-80 A2.