British Reserves and French soldiers take part in live firing exercise with Royal Artillery

(Pictured) Bdr sam Fletcher104 Regt Royal artillery 211 Bty Artillery aiming for the future with training for Afghanistan and beyond.
Artillery aiming for the future with training for Afghanistan and beyond
Regular and Reserve Army units preparing for Afghanistan and for future contingency operations working alongside French military teams.

With the restructuring of the Army and a new strategic alliance with the French, training with Regular and Reserves operating alongside French military units will be increasingly important to prepare our troops for future operations. Around 1500 personnel are taking part in the exercise over two weeks, and media will be able to see live firing and the team working between fire support teams and artillery firepower.

The Artillery already integrates Reservists into Regular units on operations, and this will become increasingly important as the contribution of the Reserves to our fighting force increases. French Fire Support Teams, who work alongside their infantry units calling in artillery support, will be learning to work with the Royal Artillery to call in heavy firepower from their British allies. Female personnel already work in all areas of the Royal Artillery, and media will be able to meet women playing their part in this vital frontline combat support capability.

Units taking part include:

7 (Para) RHA ñ based Colchester. Equipped with 105mm Light Gun.
26 Regt RA ñ based Germany. Equipped with AS90.
29 (Cdo) Regt RA ñ based Plymouth. Equipped with 105mm Light Gun.
39 Regt RA ñ based Newcastle. Equipped with MLRS.
47 Regt RA ñ based Thorney Island (Hants). Equipped with Mini UAV.
101 Regt RA(V) ñ based Newcastle. Equipped with 105mm Light Gun.
104 Regt RA ñ based Newport (Wales). Equipped with Desert Hawk 3.
105 Regt RA ñ based Edinburgh. Equipped with 105mm Light Gun.

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