Alan Kertz the Core Gameplay Designer on Battlefield 3 has today revealed a few details on what has been decided on and discussed for the next update.
Firstly Kertz revealed that while some believe only the popular weapons get ‘nerfed’ “the M416 is the most popular and effective and it needs no nerf.” He reinforced the statement by saying “Not at all.”
Kertz was later asked if stingers would be tweaked so in an aircraft the vehicle would be disabled prior to being destroyed. He swiftly admitted that DICE has not addressed the issue by responding “Not fixed yet no. Discussed is all.”
So it seems stingers may still be tweaked but the M416 will stay the same for the meantime.