|«|| The L85A2 is the most recent version of the standard assault rifle of the British Armed Forces, originating in the "Small Arms for 1980's" (SA80) development programme. The new version has many improvements, and it no longer jams easily. On the other hand, A2 is slightly heavier that A1.|
|L85A2 5.56 mm|
|Type||Bullpup Assault Rifle|
|Caliber||5.56×45 mm NATO|
|Variants||L85A2 UGL, L86A2 LSW|
The L85A2 is a gas operated, selective-fire bullpup assault rifle that is chambered to fire 5.56×45 mm NATO ammunition.
It loads from 30 round STANAG magazines and is able to achieve a fire rate of up to 705 rounds per minute, with a muzzle velocity of 930 m/s. The L85A2 has a large choice of sub-variants fitted with various optical sights and side rail accessories, ranging from HWS holographic sights, SUSAT and ACOG riflescopes, as well as laser pointers and AWS thermal scopes. There are no variants that have sound suppressors attached to the muzzle.
The L85A2 served as the standard issue service weapon of the British Army contingent operating in Takistan during the events of Operation Crimson Lance. A fairly versatile weapon system, the L85A2 uses a bullpup configuration and combines a good fire rate with very low recoil, and decent range that allows it to be effective at distances of up to 250-450 metres (depending on the weapon's optic).
Compared to other 5.56 mm rifles, the L85A2 is (at least accuracy-wise) surprisingly good for attacking targets at ranges of beyond 300 metres. In fact, its accuracy is on par, if not better than that of the newer Mk16 series of assault rifles used by U.S. Army forces. When paired with a riflescope like the ACOG or SUSAT, the L85A2 can accurately strike targets at distances of up to 600 metres away with little difficulty or dispersion.
Its only real drawback is that no variants of the L85A2 can be suppressed. Unlike with the M4A1 or the Mk16/Mk17, it lacks the ability to mount suppressors and also cannot utilise magazines loaded with subsonic 5.56 mm ammunition. This means that an alternative must be sought since the L85A2 is completely redundant for stealth missions.
L85A2 UGL Edit
|L85A2 UGL 5.56 mm|
|Type||Bullpup Assault Rifle / UGL|
|Caliber||5.56×45 mm NATO / 40 mm|
|30 / 1|
|Variants||L85A2, L86A2 LSW|
The L85A2 UGL is simply a modified variant of the baseline L85A2 rifle that configured to use an underbarrel grenade launcher.
It is identical to its parent weapon in all aspects and also has the same options when it comes to optical sights (aside from not being able to mount the AWS). The only exception is its UGL module that is designed to launch 40 mm grenades. The UGL uses a conventional flip-up leaf sight that is accurate at distances of up to 300 metres.
L86A2 LSW Edit
- Main article: L86A2 LSW
- Unlike with the M16A4/M4A1 and Mk16/Mk17 weapons used by in-game U.S. military forces, all variants of the L85A2 are fitted with some sort of optical sight by default. There are also no variants that only use ironsights.
- All variants are also fitted with usable laser pointers, whereas not all U.S. rifles have them attached (or are usable in the case of the M16A4s/M4A1s).
- The L85A2's UGL (Underslung Grenade Launcher) is the British Army's designation for the real-life "AG36" 40 mm grenade launcher designed by Heckler & Koch GmbH of Germany.
See also Edit
Weapons of comparable role and configuration Edit
|British Army - Armory (ArmA 2)|
|Assault rifles||L85A2 5.56 mm (L85A2 UGL)|
|Designated marksman rifles||L86A2 LSW 5.56 mm|
|Sniper rifles||AS50 12.7 mm • LRR .338|
|Squad automatic weapons||L110A1 5.56 mm|
|Machineguns||L7A2 GPMG 7.62 mm|
|Launchers||FGM-148 Javelin • FIM-92F Stinger • NLAW|
|Static||L111A1 • L134A1|
|(Parenthesis) denote variants. | British Armed Forces|