Great news! All they have to do is choose a couple of letters and a number representing a decade 20 to 30 years in the future and then by the time it comes in it will seem as if it is up to date even though its taken twenty years in procurement!
now the SA80 has been upgraded to a2 the weapon will be around for at least another 8 years, if not longer.
theres been rumours that its being replaced by the G36 for years, thats just not true, anything could replace the SA80 at this stage.
lets just issue every man with a gimpy... im sure that with the amazing levels of marksmanship in the army someone, someday may actually hit something... plus it'd be funny to see the look on Corps faces when theyre handed that and told to get on with it.