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16 Air Assault Brigade

16 Air Assault Brigade was formed on 1 Sept 1999 from two pre-existing formations, 5 Airborne Brigade and 24 Airmobile Brigade. Based in Colchester, Essex, the Brigade Headquarters is formed from both Army and RAF personnel enabling it to integrate Air and Land operations.

Infantry

Whilst the British Army traces its heritage back to Oliver Cromwell’s raising of the new Model Army, the Infantry owes its direct heritage to the Crown and the pre-Civil War period.

Apache attack helicopter

Designed to hunt and destroy tanks, the Apache attack helicopter has significantly improved the Army’s operational capability.

Challenger 2 main battle tank

Challenger 2 (CR2) is the British Army’s main battle tank. CR2 is based on the Challenger 1 tank, which served with distinction on operations in the Gulf War and the Balkans.

SA80 individual weapon

SA80 is the designation for a revolutionary family of assault weapons. On its introduction, it proved so accurate that the Army marksmanship tests had to be redesigned.

Apache attack helicopter

Designed to hunt and destroy tanks, the Apache attack helicopter has significantly improved the Army’s operational capability.

L115A3 Long range ‘sniper’ rifle

British snipers fulfil a vital and enduring role on the battlefield, in terms of intelligence-gathering, target identification and eliminating high-value targets.

The British Army in Brunei

The British Army in Brunei comprises an Infantry Battalion and a Bell 212 Helicopter Flight of the Army Air Corps. The climate of Brunei is well suited to jungle operations and the Training Team Brunei run jungle warfare courses for all members of the British Army.

The British Army in Canada

The prairie of Alberta has provided an excellent opportunity for the British Army to train on a large scale since 1972. The British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) is an organisation situated on one of the most sparsely populated areas of the Alberta plain.

The British Army in Gibraltar

The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar is a rocky headland on the southern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. It has an area of just over 2 square miles and a population of 30,000. It enjoys a strategic location at the western entrance to the Mediterranean, where the straits between Europe and Africa are only 14 km wide.

South Atlantic Islands

The Falkland Islands are a dependent territory of the UK and will remain so for as long as the Islanders wish them to. British Armed Forces protect the Falkland Islands ‘To Deter Military Aggression Against The South Atlantic Overseas Territories (SAOT)’.

The British Army in Gibraltar

The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar is a rocky headland on the southern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. It has an area of just over 2 square miles and a population of 30,000. It enjoys a strategic location at the western entrance to the Mediterranean, where the straits between Europe and Africa are only 14 km wide.

The British Army in Germany

In line with the announcement of the Strategic Defence and Security Review of October 2010 it is the Government’s intention to rebase the British Army from Germany to the UK by 2020. Detailed planning of which units will move back, to where and when continues.

The British Army in Cyprus

In 1960, a treaty of establishment allowed Cyprus to become an independent Republic, free from British control. Within the agreement, two Sovereign Base Areas (SBAs) at Akrotiri and Dhekelia were identified as real estate that would remain as British sovereign territory and therefore remain under British jurisdiction.

The British Army in Canada

The prairie of Alberta has provided an excellent opportunity for the British Army to train on a large scale since 1972. The British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) is an organisation situated on one of the most sparsely populated areas of the Alberta plain.

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Battle Run Sequence

Library HD Footage of a Challenger 2 tank on Castlemartin Ranges in Pembrokeshire, Wales firing a ‘Squash-Head’ practice round. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has today awarded a £50m contract to BAE Systems to support the British Army’s armoured tracked vehicle fleet, safeguarding 100 jobs. The five-year contract 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 […]

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