As I am sure everyone knows that the UK has a small number of Colt Canada (formerly Diemaco) C8’s, designated L119A1.
The MoD will be contracting for a Mid Life Upgrade at an estimated cost of £2.8 million
Soldier System Programmes, part of the UK Ministry of Defence, intends to place a Contract with Colt Canada Corporation for the Mid Life Improvement (MLI) of the in-service C8 rifle. The Contract will allow for an initial upgrade of C8 rifles with priced options for modification kits to upgrade the whole current fleet and priced options to purchase additional modification kits or the new version of the C8 rifle to address future increases in fleet size.
A shorter version called the C8 Close Quarter Battle (CQB) is also in service.
This is interesting timing, with the Royal Marines ‘supposedly’ kicking the calibre and SA80 replacement debate into life again[browser-shot width=”600″ url=”http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/uk-royal-marines-call-for-rifle-improvements-216882531.html”]