Staff Sergeant Nick Brown of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
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Improving the Army's kit: The SA80

Staff Sergeant Nick Brown explains how the standard issue personal rifle has been modified and updated during the British combat mission in Afghanistan.

Since British operations in Afghanistan began in 2001, much has changed - not least the kit the soldiers on tour in the country are expected to use.

More than £6bn has been spent on what are known as Urgent Operations Requirements, in addition to the MoD's annual budget of around £34bn.

Staff Sergeant Nick Brown, of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, who has done several tours of Afghanistan, explains how the standard issue personal rifle, the SA80, has been modified and updated.

BBC News - UK troops in Afghanistan

  • 20 Jan
  • From the section UK