The Armoured Cavalry Regiment
Armoured Cavalry regiments will be manned and equipped to provide the formation level ground manned reconnaissance capability within the three Reaction Force brigades, in 3 (UK) Division. They will be equipped with CVR(T) initially and, from 2020, with SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV). They will be capable of effectively conducting reconnaissance tasks and a wide range of enabling tasks in all environments. Armoured Cavalry soldiers will either form part of an Armoured Cavalry battlegroup or work in squadrons supporting the Armoured or Armoured Infantry battlegroups within their Brigade.
Each Armoured Cavalry regiment will be structured around three Sabre squadrons, optimised for reconnaissance tasks, a Command and Support squadron and a Headquarters squadron. The Sabre squadrons will have three Reconnaissance troops, each with four vehicles, and a Support troop. The Command and Support squadron will contain three Guided Weapons troops and a Surveillance troop. The Armoured Cavalry battlegroup headquarters will retain the capability to plug into the brigade headquarters, but will also be prepared to command an independent reconnaissance or all arms battlegroup.
Each regiment will move through a 3 year readiness cycle. The Training year will include live training, such as mounted and dismounted ranges in the UK, as well as some simulated training such as CATT and CAST. It will build towards a major battlegroup exercise in BATUS which will include live ﬁring as well as a Tactical Engagement Simulation battle against an opposing force. For one squadron the main exercise will be on Salisbury Plain working with the Heavy Protected Mobility Infantry battlegroup. At the end of this training, during their Contingency year, the regiments will be ready to support operations worldwide and squadrons could deploy as part of the Lead Armoured Task Force. Mission Speciﬁc Training will be conducted prior to deployment. Finally, during the Other Tasks year, the focus will be on career courses and individual skills, building the foundation for further training. It will also include support to the training of other units.
Armoured Cavalry regiments will initially be equipped with CVR(T) vehicles, but by 2020 they will be converting to SCOUT SV. At a cost of £5.4 billion it will deliver a family of vehicles to the Armoured Cavalry regiments. At its heart, SCOUT SV will provide the most capable reconnaissance vehicle in the world. With state of the art thermal and visual sensors and a Wide Area Search and Detect capability, it will be unmatched in its ability to ﬁnd and track the enemy in all environments. It will also offer Armoured Cavalry troops potent ﬁrepower with a 40mm automatic stabilised cannon, using a cased telescopic round. Modern armour and intelligent design will give it unparalleled protection for its weight and size. Other SV variants wil provide command and control, recovery and repair, protected mobility reconnaissance support and ambulance capability, making Armoured Cavalry regiments a very powerful force.
The Armoured Cavalry regiments will be based in Windsor (Household Cavalry Regiment) and Catterick (Royal Dragoon Guards and Royal Lancers). Most dry training will take place on Salisbury Plain, with live ﬁring taking place on Castlemartin ranges. The introduction of SCOUT SV will also see a state-of-the-art training package with individual and crew training simulators, a number of which will be held within the regiment. Further simulators will be held in central locations, probably Catterick and Salisbury Plain. This will allow crews to hone their skills before deploying with their vehicles for operations or live training exercises.
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