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29 avril 2015 3 29 /04 /avril /2015 07:50
photo Lockheed Martin

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20 avr. 2015 by Lockheed Martin


The British Army’s Warrior armoured vehicle demonstrated its firepower and fighting capability during successful firing trials in Scotland. The new turret and cannon, which has been designed and installed by engineers at Lockheed Martin UK's Ampthill site were tested during trials at Kirkcudbright ranges.

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26 mars 2015 4 26 /03 /mars /2015 12:30
photo UK MoD

photo UK MoD


26 March 2015 Ministry of Defence


The Defence Secretary has announced that the UK will provide military training to Syrian moderate opposition forces.


As part of a wider package to ensure a robust international response to the threat of violent extremism in the Middle East, the UK will send around 75 military trainers and headquarter staff to provide training in areas such as the use of small arms, infantry tactics and medical skills.

Expected to start in the coming weeks, the US-led programme will train and equip thousands of screened members of the opposition over the next three years to help them defend Syrian communities against ISIL’s brutal attacks before leading offensives themselves.

Alongside the substantial training contribution, the UK will also provide headquarter staff to coordinate and develop the programme. The training will take place in Turkey and in other countries in the region that are members of the anti-ISIL coalition.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

Britain remains at the forefront of coalition military efforts to support the Iraqi government in their fight against ISIL. This effective and closely coordinated activity in conjunction with Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces has largely stalled the terrorists’ advances.

But ISIL must be defeated in both Iraq and Syria. In Syria, coalition airstrikes have supported the liberation of Kobane and have disrupted ISIL’s logistics and supply lines. However, defeating ISIL ultimately lies with local forces and we are helping to create effective ground forces in Syria, as well as in Iraq, so they can take the fight to ISIL.

As one of the few nations able to offer highly advanced Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capabilities the UK has already deployed a number of assets to match coalition requirements. The Defence Secretary also announced today that the UK will be sending two Sentinel aircraft to the region to provide wide area surveillance over Iraq of ISIL activity and to track IED laying activity. These aircraft will join our Tornados and Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft which have conducted 194 strikes over Iraq as of 23 March and have continued to gather vital intelligence alongside Rivet Joint.

The UK continues to be the second largest contributor to the coalition airstrike campaign and is playing a leading role the coalition’s counter improvised explosive device (C-IED) training programme as well as the extensive infantry and Heavy Machine Gun skills training packages which together have been delivered to over 1100 members of the Iraqi Forces.

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25 mars 2015 3 25 /03 /mars /2015 17:50
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photo UK MoD

25 mars 2015 British Army


Regular and Reserve personnel from 17 Port & Maritime Regiment RLC have conducted a beach landing with 42 vehicles from a military Mexeflote floating pontoon. The vehicles included CVR(T) Scimitars, Mastiffs, Wolfhounds, Stormers and a Terrier Armoured Digger, all belonging to regiments of 3rd (UK) Division.

The ‘ship to shore discharge’ of military vehicles at Browndown Beach in Hampshire concludes Exercise Tractable, a divisional exercise moving 1650 personnel and approximately 570 vehicles by land, air and sea, designed to test the rapid deployment of 3 Div’s Lead Armoured Task Force.

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21 mars 2015 6 21 /03 /mars /2015 17:50
Two Apache helicopters from 664 Squadron, Army Air Corps, perform landing practice onboard HMS Illustrious. Photo Dean Nixon UK MoD

Two Apache helicopters from 664 Squadron, Army Air Corps, perform landing practice onboard HMS Illustrious. Photo Dean Nixon UK MoD


Mar 21, 2015 - defense-update.com


The British Army will most likely cannibalize the 16 helicopters, providing key spare parts and subsystems to maintain the remaining operational fleet until the next major upgrade of the British Apaches.


The UK has mothballed a quarter of its AgustaWestland-Boeing WAH-64 Apache Longbow AH.1 helicopters following the end of combat operations in Afghanistan. According to IHS Jane’s, 16 of the Army’s 66 Apaches were placed into storage, leaving a force of 50 helicopters.

The Army currently operates four squadrons at Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk, home for the 3rd and 4th Air regiments and 653 Operational Conversion Unit (OCU). The Army has not announced yet, whether the reduction will draw the stand down of some operational units or implemented proportionally across the fleet. In its Strategic Defense & Security Review of 2010 and 2012 planning round the Ministry of Defense identified the need to reduce the number of Apache helicopters after completing the drawdown in Afghanistan, an action that has been implemented since January 2015.


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18 mars 2015 3 18 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
Troops of 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade on operations and exercise

17 mars 2015 British Army


The British Army's 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade (The Iron Fist) is based in Paderborn, northern Germany, as part of the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division. Soldiers serving with the Brigade wear the insignia of a white mailed fist with a blue background - a symbol of the hard punch that this armoured formation gives the enemy. Find out more: http://bit.ly/1vOkcCM

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12 mars 2015 4 12 /03 /mars /2015 17:50
UK MOD announces investment in upgrading helicopter fleet


12/03/2015 by Royal Navy


The Ministry of Defence has delivered some of the most technologically advanced and well supported helicopter fleets in the world over the last year.

In the last 12 months, the Merlin Mk2, Puma Mk2, Chinook Mk6 and both the Royal Navy and British Army Wildcats have all been declared ready for operational use.  

As a result, UK forces now have new military capabilities that can be deployed around the world, with the Merlin Mk2 currently delivering vital support in Sierra Leone to tackle the spread of Ebola; the Puma Mk2 preparing to contribute to NATO’s training and assistance mission in Afghanistan; and the Royal Navy Wildcat deploying for global maritime operations.

Attending an event at RAF Benson to showcase the enhanced capability of the Chinook Mk6, Merlin Mk2, Puma Mk2 and the new Wildcat helicopter, Defence Minister Philip Dunne said: 

“Along with making huge savings for the taxpayer, the government has invested some £6 billion to sustain and improve our helicopter capability over the last four years. We will continue this investment with a further £11 billion budgeted to be spent over the next decade. 

“I am grateful for the important role played by industry in these successes, particularly by our helicopter prime contractors. There is no doubt that the work across these businesses and their supply chains has brought huge benefits to the UK economy, with around 4,000 jobs sustained in Britain.”

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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 12:50
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Mar 10, 2015  defense-aerospace.com
(Source: Daily Telegraph; published Mar 09, 2015)

British Army Could Be Cut to Just 50,000 Over Next Four Years, Report Warns


The British Army could be reduced to its smallest size in nearly 250 years, taking its overall troop level to just 50,000 soldiers, a former Government defence adviser has warned.

A report by the respected Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) suggests that defence budgets may be slashed by 10 per cent during the next parliament, shrinking personnel for the three Armed Forces by as many as 42,000.

Britain’s military appears once again in line for massive culls after the next general election because of the continuing austerity drive and a lack of commitment by any of the major parties to protect defence spending, RUSI said.

Downing Street has been forced to deny that David Cameron and George Osborne, the Chancellor, are at “loggerheads” over whether to maintain the NATO target of committing two per cent of the nation's finances to defence.

But ministers’ reluctance to commit to the target was made clear, as Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, refused seven times during a television interview to rule out further cuts.

Regular Army soldiers are already being reduced from 102,000 to 82,000 and a new defence review under the next government could see numbers cut again by around 40 per cent, RUSI warned. It would mean the smallest Army since the 1770s, when Britain lost the American colonies.

The report comes ahead a crucial debate in the House of Commons on Thursday when Tory MPs are expected to push for a vote to force the Prime Minister Cameron into a commitment on defence spending.

Tensions over the £36 billion defence budget are high at a time relations with Vladimir Putin’s Russia are strained and the threat from ISIL in Iraq and Syria is growing. (end of excerpt)

Click here for the full story, on the Telegraph website.

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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 12:50
Gunners fire Multi Launch Rocket System at Otterburn

11 mars 2015 British Army


Gunners from Army Reserve unit 101 (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery and 1 Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (1 RHA) on exercise at the Otterburn Ranges in the north of England. The soldiers fired the Multi Launch Rocket System (MLRS) to hone their skills and maintain combat effectiveness. Videographer Sgt Gary Kendall; Crown copyright.

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10 mars 2015 2 10 /03 /mars /2015 08:50



March 09, 2015 by Paul G. – Think Defence


It’s no secret that the A2 has had a hard few years, with prolonged use in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s also ironic that after many modifications it is now a respected weapon, but one without any real chance of newer versions coming into service due to a lack of the tooling required. The A1/A2 are what I would class as 1st generation bullpups: that is, rifles that have made it into mass production and have been accepted into service. Other examples include the Steyr Aug and the FAMAS.


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7 mars 2015 6 07 /03 /mars /2015 22:50
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07 Mar 2015 By James Titcomb – The Telegraph


Lobbying by British firm has reportedly held back Government decision on refreshing fleet of helicopters


The billion-pound cost of replacing the Army’s fleet of Apache helicopters could soar as lobbyists urge the Government to buy from the British defence group AgustaWestland. Boeing, the American defence giant, is offering to provide the Ministry of Defence with 50 new aircraft at a cost of £20m each as it seeks to refresh the 14-year-old fleet. However, the Yeovil-based manufacturer, owned by Italian industrial group Finmeccanica, has won permission to make a rival bid, according to reports.


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3 mars 2015 2 03 /03 /mars /2015 12:30
Defence Secretary thanks UK military personnel tackling ISIL

Michael Fallon speaks to UK military personnel during a trip to RAF Akrotiri [Picture: Corporal Lee Goddard RAF, Crown copyright]


1 March 2015 Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP


Defence Secretary Michael Fallon today thanked UK personnel directly involved in the fight against ISIL during a trip to RAF Akrotiri.


During his second visit to Cyprus, Mr Fallon met RAF personnel from 903 Expeditionary Air Wing who are providing the UK’s contribution to coalition air operations against ISIL.

He discussed the campaign and spoke to the pilots who are flying twice daily missions as the UK continues to make the second largest contribution to coalition airstrikes in support of Iraqi forces.

The Defence Secretary also met troops from 2nd Battalion, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, and received a briefing on the key role they are playing in the training programme to build the capacity of the Iraqi Security Forces.

So far over 1000 Kurdish Peshmerga have completed training and the UK will lead the Coalition’s counter-IED training programme which is due to start this month.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

I am proud of the work the 400 personnel based here are doing to help the Iraqi Government to defend their country against the ISIL ‘cancer’.

While this fight will take time, the coalition’s airstrikes are having a direct effect in supporting Iraqi ground operations against ISIL.

In the North, areas around Mount Sinjar have been retaken, bringing relief to the local Yazidi population and applying pressure to ISIL forces in Mosul. In the South, Iraqi forces operations are beginning to push back ISIL.

Britain’s contribution is playing to our strengths. By leading the counter-IED training this month our troops will be using their expertise to give Iraqi forces a vital capability in taking the fight to ISIL.

The RAF base has been home to extensive air capabilities since coalition air operations began last year.

These include:

  • Tornado GR4s which have conducted 90 strikes (as of 2nd March 2015)
  • Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft which have conducted 70 strikes (as of 2nd March 2015)
  • Voyager which has played a crucial role in refuelling UK and coalition aircraft
  • C130 transport aircraft which have delivered both humanitarian aid and military support
  • and finally the recently deployed E3-D Sentry which has enhanced the coalition’s airborne control and surveillance capability.
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26 février 2015 4 26 /02 /février /2015 08:50
All Change for the British Army Reserve


February 25, 2015 by Think Defence


The Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Nicholas Carter, recently gave a widely reported lecture at Chatham House. Many outlets concentrated on the 77th  Brigade aspects but I think one aspect that was under reported was his comments on the Army Reserve.

The full transcript and recording is here, but an extract on the Army Reserve, below;

I think the other thing we need to think hard about is reconstitution and regeneration. That seems to me entirely sensible, given the nature of the uncertain world in which we’re operating. I think it also plays to the importance of a word that I have not used for a long time: productivity. Given the nation’s circumstances, it’s important that we do deliver a productive outcome.

That’s why the Army Reserve is important to us.

We should be clear though about what it is there for. What we’ve done is to pair it with our regular force structure. We’ve done that because our regular force structure is slimmed down in certain parts of the Army and it will draw its resilience from the pairing relationship it has with the Army Reserve.

The point about the Army Reserve though is that the obligation if you join it is only for training, less some specialists. We are not going to use it regularly and routinely, as perhaps was suggested a couple of years ago. [emphasis added] Rather, it is there in the event of a national emergency. That means it’s much more straightforward, I think, for an individual to be a member of the Army Reserve. If you’re a reservist, what you have to do is to try and balance an equilateral triangle between the employer, your family and your own thoughts on life. If that becomes an isosceles, you won’t retain or recruit the reservist. So it’s important to keep that in balance, and that means that it is sensible to talk about the obligation being for training only, unless you can afford the time as an individual to deploy with your regular counterparts.

So it’s there for a national emergency.

The effect of us explaining it like that is beginning to have an impact out there in the countryside. The figures that were announced last week were positive in terms of the direction of travel.

But we do need to attend to the officer corps, and it is a fact that over the course of the last 15 years of campaigning, we’ve used the Army Reserve as a collection of individuals to back fill our regular gaps.

That has not been positive for the officer corps. A lot of work is going on at the moment to see how we can encourage reservist officers and how we can develop a career structure that is meaningful for them.

We have, importantly, reinvigorated the Army’s regular reserve. Many former soldiers in the audience will remember that they have a statutory liability when they leave regular service, for up to 10 years, to be available in the event of a national emergency. Of course again, coming back to the point about productivity, we put around 7,000 people back into society every year.

There’s a lot of skills in there which are important to keep a handle on.

I would encourage you to read the above again and then compare and contrast with the original Army 2020 publications, Future Reserves white paper from 2013 and SDSR 2010.

Despite General Carter saying as perhaps was suggested a couple of years ago, there was no ‘perhaps’ and it wasn’t a ‘suggestion’.

The Future Reserve paper was clear in where the reserves would sit;

The Reserves will complement the Regulars, working together within an integrated force, providing military capability in a different way from the past to deliver the range and scale of military forces and skills required. We need the Reserves’ contribution to national security to expand. By 2020 they will provide a greater proportion of the overall Defence effort relative to Regular Forces and we will use them differently.

We will use our Reserve Forces to provide military capability as a matter of routine, mobilising them when appropriate. The wide range of possible activities may include enduring campaigns (such as Afghanistan), resilience operations in the UK, contributions to capacity-building overseas and to support activity at home. In some cases a level of specialist capabilities will be held only in the Reserve Forces.

It is as different as Mr Chalk and Mr Cheese.

The challenge for regulars is to recognise and value the contribution of their reservist colleagues

Clearly a change of policy, heart and direction is being signposted here.

The Army Reserve is now (save for a few specialists) national emergencies only and the Regular Reserve seems to be back in fashion.

One cannot move for seeing an Army Reserve recruitment campaign, the Army is using pretty much every media channel to advertise the benefits of the Army Reserve to potential recruits but this About Turn seems to have slipped the attention of many.

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12 février 2015 4 12 /02 /février /2015 17:50
Picture: Corporal Mark Webster RLC, UK MoD

Picture: Corporal Mark Webster RLC, UK MoD


Source UK MoD

Soldiers from the Queen’s Royal Hussars are conducting a major live-firing exercise at the Hohne ranges in Germany. The exercise is part of regiment’s annual training, which also involves the transportation of heavy armour. Pictured, a Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank being loaded on to train transports in Sennelager.

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3 février 2015 2 03 /02 /février /2015 18:50
Bottom Field 131 Independent Commando Squadron


3 févr. 2015 British Army


131 Independent Commando Squadron is a specialist unit in the Army. The Squadron's role is to provide engineer support to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, who are the UK's experts in mountain and cold weather warfare.

The Bottom Field tests must be passed together before attempting the Commando Course to earn the famous Commando Green Beret.

The tests are the 30-foot rope climb, the assault course in less than 5 minutes, the 200-metre man carry in under 90 seconds and a full regain on the rope over the water tank. All tests are conducted whilst carrying 14.5kg of equipment/rifle.

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3 février 2015 2 03 /02 /février /2015 17:50
L'Armée Britannique en Irlande du Nord 1969-2007


03/02/2015  CDEF/DREX/B. Recherche/Col Goya


L’opération Banner (1969-2007) est un modèle d’engagement en milieu urbain face à un adversaire multiforme opérant au milieu des populations, ce que les Anglo-Saxons appellent le Contemporary Operating Environment.  À la confluence des opérations de contre-rébellion et de sécurité intérieure, cette opération apporte un éclairage particulier sur les problématiques inhérentes à ce genre d’engagements et présente les solutions apportées par les forces armées britanniques.


À partir d’avril 1969, après l’échec des tentatives de réformes libérales du gouvernement O’Neill sapées par l’intransigeance de l’aile dure des Unionistes, les organisations catholiques se sont détournées des solutions politiques classiques jugées vaines. Il a suffi de deux ans pour passer d’une situation de violences sporadiques et inorganisées à une guérilla urbaine, fruit d’une perte de légitimité de la police (La Royal Ulster Constabulary,  RUC) qui n’a d’autre choix que de faire appel à l’armée britannique. Celle-ci s’engage sur son image de discipline, d’impartialité et de capacité à maîtriser la force mais elle est mal préparée au maintien de l’ordre.


Placée en première ligne sur le théâtre nord-irlandais, l’armée britannique va réussir à s’adapter à la radicalisation d’adversaires qui utilisent à partir de1972 des méthodes terroristes et de guérilla. Elle met en place avec succès une stratégie ad hoc de contre-insurrection (1973-1998) dont certains principes seront repris lors des guerres contre-insurrectionnelles des années 2000. Mais l’absence de clarté et de soutien dans la classe politique va la faire devenir la cible des violences et la faire rentrer dans un conflit de longue haleine que les Britanniques appelleront « the Long War ».


L’effort de l’armée britannique fut très conséquent : pour parvenir à simplement « maintenir la violence à un niveau acceptable » dans une population de 700 000 habitants, il a fallu déployer pendant trente ans un militaire ou un policier pour trois catholiques en âge de se battre, accepter de perdre l’équivalent d’une brigade en tués et blessés et plus encore en « pertes indirectes » (chute du recrutement notamment), voir son image se dégrader et perdre de nombreuses compétences tactiques en matière de guerre de haute-intensité.


L’armée de terre britannique a joué un rôle déterminant pour favoriser l’émergence d’une solution mais ce sont bien les choix politiques qui ont été décisifs pour avancer vers le processus de paix. Au début des années 90, la lassitude des populations et des protagonistes a permis d’initier la recherche de solutions politiques chez tous les protagonistes (amorce de négociations secrètes, internes aux mouvements catholiques d’abord, puis étendues aux loyalistes). C’est aussi l’époque où l’armée opte pour un changement de discours : le conflit nord-irlandais n’est plus traité comme un conflit idéologique mais comme un conflit inter-communautaire, au moment où les nations européennes sont engagées dans des missions d’interposition en ex-Yougoslavie. Dix ans ans de négociations permettent la signature le 10 avril 1998, du Good Friday Agreement  approuvé par référendum simultané en Ulster et en Eire et qui ouvre la voie d’une normalisation. En 2005, les effectifs militaires britanniques déployés en Irlande du Nord sont réduits à 5 000 hommes (contre 30 000 au plus fort des troubles). Depuis l’été 2007, l’armée de terre n’a plus aucun rôle en matière de maintien de l’ordre.


Télécharger Opération Banner (format pdf, 3 MB).

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2 février 2015 1 02 /02 /février /2015 18:50
Field Hospital 'Parachuted' into Norfolk - 27.01.15

2 févr. 2015British Forces news

A field hospital has been 'parachuted' into action for the first time in a decade.

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30 janvier 2015 5 30 /01 /janvier /2015 12:50
£50 million armoured vehicles fleet support contract awarded


23 January 2015 Ministry of Defence and Philip Dunne MP


The £50 million contract has gone to BAE Systems to support the British Army's armoured tracked vehicle fleet.


The 5-year contract will safeguard 100 jobs, and covers an array of design services including safety advice and elements of operational effectiveness for light, medium and heavy armoured vehicles.

It also combines a number of existing support contracts into a more efficient and effective contracting agreement, saving taxpayers’ money.


Philip Dunne MP, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support & Technology visited BAE Systems Combat Vehicles facilities at Telford today.

He said:

This contract helps ensure that we sustain a battle-winning armoured vehicle fleet, as well as representing an important investment in armoured vehicles capability within the UK defence supply chain that safeguards UK engineering jobs.

It is also essential that we deliver high-quality equipment and services at the best possible value for the taxpayer and are able to meet any future capability challenges.

Major General Paul Jaques, the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Director Land Equipment, said:

Our vehicle fleet has played a vital role on recent operations and will continue to be a key part of the British Army’s capability for years to come, so agreeing this 5 year support contract with BAE Systems is great news.

This is another example of how the MOD is investing in the army’s capability and ensuring our soldiers have well supported equipment.

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28 janvier 2015 3 28 /01 /janvier /2015 08:50
Fuchs NBC Reconnaissance vehicle (Image Credit – Plain Military)

Fuchs NBC Reconnaissance vehicle (Image Credit – Plain Military)




Great news, the MoD has let a contract to regenerate the FUCHS CBRN vehicles.

Nuclear, Biological, Chemical and Radiological protection equipment. Regeneration (repair, servicing, calibration and re-commissioning) of the Fuchs C&R Area Survey and Reconnaissance Vehicle and the supply of training, with In Service Support.

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8 janvier 2015 4 08 /01 /janvier /2015 12:20
Troops training at BATUS in Canada

8 janv. 2015 British Army


British troops on exercise at the British Army Training Area Suffield (BATUS), in Alberta, Canada. BATUS is the Army’s largest armoured training facility, which can accommodate live-firing and Tactical Effect Simulation (TES) exercises up to battlegroup level.

Footage features soldiers of 1st Battalion Scots Guards (1 SG) and the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh (1 R WELSH), part of the King's Royal Hussars (KRH) Battlegroup, during Exercise Prairie Storm.

Videographer and photographer Sgt Mark Webster; Crown copyright.

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8 janvier 2015 4 08 /01 /janvier /2015 08:50
Babcock Awarded GBP900 M Army Vehicle Contract


Jan 6, 2015 Ministry of Defence and Philip Dunne MP


The contract will transform the way the army’s vehicles are maintained, repaired and stored.

It also has the potential to grow to around £2 billion as a result of plans, subject to value for money, to optimise a broader scope of services.

From April 2015, Babcock will deliver and transform the services currently provided to the army by the Defence Support Group (DSG) land business.

The £900 million contract will generate total savings to the army of around £500 million over the life of the contract, a saving of over a third. The contract was awarded as part of the sale of DSG to Babcock for £140 million, which was announced in December last year.

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne said:

This contract is excellent news and puts DSG on a sustainable long-term footing to support maintenance and availability of land platforms for the army, in a similar manner to existing contracts for support of platforms for the other services.

Babcock will provide DSG with key engineering and fleet management expertise, which it has built up over 15 years of working with the Army. DSG will also gain the potential to provide vehicle maintenance to other existing heavy vehicle customers which it is unable to do while owned by the MOD.

The contract will also ensure the Army’s continued access to improved vehicle repair and maintenance support - all at significantly better value for money for the taxpayer.

Babcock has committed to develop DSG and has already identified commercial work for DSG from within the Babcock Group.

No MOD sites will close on sale. All DSG land business staff will transfer to Babcock with their terms and conditions protected. Babcock will lead a business improvement programme over several years which is aimed at optimising the output performance of the business.

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19 décembre 2014 5 19 /12 /décembre /2014 17:45
British Army medic returns from training in fight against Ebola

19 déc. 2014 British Army


Private Danielle Pattinson, of 35 Squadron 5 Armoured Medical Regiment, has recently returned from Sierra Leone where she has been training Sierra Leonean healthcare workers and volunteer hygienists in the fight against Ebola.

The Army medic from Barrow-in-Furness was one of more than 40 personnel who successfully completed their task at the Ebola Training Academy, which they established at the National Stadium in Freetown.

Their task was to train people in the use of protective personal equipment, which would protect them from coming into bodily contact with Ebola sufferers, allowing them to administer care to the sick and dying with minimal risk to themselves.

Danielle said: “I’m so glad to be home for Christmas. We weren’t sure how long we were going to be out there for until the last minute. They did say we could be anything between two and six months, so a lot of us had prepared to be out there for Christmas, so it was a nice surprise to be told that we were coming back.”

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18 décembre 2014 4 18 /12 /décembre /2014 13:50
Exercice Brittany : Une relation canon


18/12/2014 Armée de Terre


Pendant près d’un mois, les Bigors du 3e régiment d'artillerie de marine stationné à Canjuers ont reçu leurs homologues britanniques du 1st régiment of Royal Horse Artillery.


Durant cet exercice nommé Brittany, les artilleurs français ont formé les soldats britanniques à l’utilisation du canon Caesar de 155 mm pour une expérimentation tactique. Après plusieurs jours d'instruction théorique, la section du 1stRHA a été intégrée à la 3ebatterie du 3eRAMa. À sa disposition, deux Caesar, avec lesquels elle a effectué un service en campagne avec tir.


L'expérimentation tactique du Caesar par les artilleurs britanniques tend à renforcer l'interopérabilité entre nos deux armées de Terre et en particulier entre les deux régiments. Ces échanges riches ont permis de créer des liens forts, essentiels pour instaurer une confiance de fer durant les opérations.

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30 novembre 2014 7 30 /11 /novembre /2014 08:50
Le 35e RI tire avec les Britanniques


21/11/2014 Camille Pégol - Armée de Terre


Du 25 octobre au 6 novembre, deux compagnies d’infanterie du 35e régiment d’infanterie (35e RI) se sont entraînées sur le camp d’Otterburn en Grande-Bretagne, lors d’un exercice de tir réel de type Live Firing Tactical Unit (LFTT).


Visant à combiner manœuvre tactique et tirs réels, les exercices CALFEX (combined arms live fire exercice) s’inscrivent dans le cadre des échanges franco-britanniques GAULISH, permettant aux deux armées de profiter de leurs infrastructures respectives et de partager leurs savoir-faire tactiques.


Les 2e et 3e compagnies du 35e RI se sont donc rendues fin octobre sur le camp d’Otterburn, au nord de l’Angleterre, pour suivre deux semaines d’entraînements, selon les règles de sécurité britanniques. De jour comme de nuit, les participants, soutenus par un bataillon d’infanterie britannique ont effectué des tirs et des parcours offensifs alliant puissance de feux en terrain et déplacements. Au total ce sont 150 militaires du 35e RI qui ont participé à l’exercice CALFEX.

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25 novembre 2014 2 25 /11 /novembre /2014 08:50
UK troops conduct joint exercise in Poland

Soldiers from Kings Royal Hussars are shown around the turret of the Polish Leopard 2 main battle tank. Photographer: SSgt Mark Nesbit; Crown copyright


21 November 2014 Ministry of Defence


Around 1,300 UK soldiers have been honing their skills in the largest armoured deployment to Eastern Europe for 6 years.


The King’s Royal Hussars Battlegroup is taking part in Exercise Black Eagle in the Zagan Training area in south-west Poland. The exercise is under the command of the 10th Polish Armoured Cavalry Brigade and UK troops are working alongside the 1st Polish Tank Battalion.

The exercise, which will include live-firing, is designed to help the two Armed Forces operate more effectively with each other.

Exercise Black Eagle is a also a demonstration of the UK’s support to NATO reassurance measures, which includes:

  • deployment of RAF Typhoon aircraft to the Baltic air policing mission
  • deployment of HMS Montrose off the Danish coast for the multi-national Baltic operations exercise in June.

Further NATO deployments are expected to take place over the next 2 years.

A column of Warrior Armoured fighting vehicles move through an autumnal forest track in Poland [Picture: Staff Sergeant Mark Nesbit RLC Crown copyright]
A column of Warrior Armoured fighting vehicles move through an autumnal forest track in Poland [Picture: Staff Sergeant Mark Nesbit RLC Crown copyright]

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

Exercise Black Eagle has been a great success on several fronts. It has proved that the Army has the agility needed to cope with the demands of the 21st century.

It clearly demonstrates the strength of our relationship with the Polish Armed Forces. And it is a clear signal to our allies in NATO that we stand up to our obligations and will continue to do so.

Exercise Black Eagle is an example of the new configuration of the Army after Army 2020. While Defence Engagement, capacity building with partners and the provision of resilience within the UK are important aspects of the Army’s role, war-fighting capability will continue to be the Army’s core-business.

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Desert Rats Leave Bergen After 70 Years


2014-11-14 Forces.tv


The Desert Rats, the 7th Armoured Brigade, paraded through Bergen before leaving the region after being there for 70 years. Amy Matthews went to the parade. 


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