The 2016 DVD (formerly Defence Vehicle Dynamics) military expo commenced at Millbrook Proving Ground this morning with additional focus on the equipment of the two new Strike Brigades announced in the 2015 Strategic Security and Defence Review.
In addition to focusing on vehicles, this year’s DVD showcased three displays: a Dismounted Soldier feature; a Mounted Close Combat vehicle park; and a Command HQ. C&S was also given the opportunity to ‘Meet The Teams’ running current and future Dismounted Close Combat and Protected Mobility Vehicle programmes.
¤ a safety stud placed above the change lever on the trigger mechanism housing to ensure that this lever does not over-rotate,
¤ the Weaver rail on top of the upper receiver being taken off and a full length Picatinny rail fitted – this will allow day sight and night sight to be mounted in tandem,
¤ a new foregrip, or quadrail, as part of the new full-length rail which will be attached slightly differently to the current one allowing the barrel to be more free-floating than at present to improve accuracy and consistency,
¤ redesign of the A3 upper receiver for improved reliability and maintainability over the current A2 variant,
¤ and colour change to Dark Earth for better compatibility with MTP camouflage uniforms.
At this stage the A3 model, of which ten prototypes have been produced, is a feasibility study but as much of the A2 stocks have seen extensive combat service in Iraq &/or Afghanistan since introduction in late 2001 they deserve a speedy upgrade.