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Modern equipment of the British Army is a list of the equipment currently in use with the British Army. It includes small arms, combat vehicles, aircraft, boats, artillery and transport vehicles. The primary task of the British Army is to help defend the interests of the United Kingdom, but it can also serve as part of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) force, or a United Nations (UN) or any other multi-national force. To meet its commitments the equipment of the army is constantly updated and modified. To meet any shortage or requirement on operations the army can request equipment under an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) which supplements planned equipment programmes.[1]

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The infantry section normally has two four-man infantry fire teams. On operations each fire team can be equipped with the following:[2] Weapons 1 L85A2 rifle 1 L85A2 with UGL (Under-slung Grenade Launcher) 1 Minimi light machine gun 1 L129A1 DMR 1 84mm Antitank Weapon 1 Light Anti Structure Munition 4 White Phosphorus smoke grenades 8 high explosive grenades 4 smoke grenades
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Vision systems 3 Sight Unit Small Arms, Trilux (SUSAT) or FIST Lightweight Day Sight (LDS) 1 Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG) to be used with the L129A1 DMR 2 image intensified Common Weapon Sights 1 TAM 14 small Thermal Imaging System 1 Head Mounted Night Vision System (HNVS) 2 VIPER 2+ thermal imaging weapon sight 2 commanders target locating system (CTLS) Communications equipment 4 Personal Role Radio (PRR) is issued to every member.[3] 1 Bowman secure VHF Radio Heavy squad Under normal conditions, an 8-man British infantry squad is armed with four L85 rifles, one with a grenade launcher, two L86 LSWs, and two FN Minimi light machine guns. For combat in Afghanistan, troops armed themselves more heavily, creating "heavy" squads. Weapons include:[4] 1 L85A2 rifle or L129A1 marksman rifle 1 L85A2 with L123A2 UGL 2 L86A2 LSWs, or 2 L96A1 sniper rifles, or 2 L115A3 sniper rifles Can have combination: 1 L86A2 and 1 L96A1, or 1 L86A2 and 1 L115A3, or 1 L96A1 and 1 L115A3 2 L110A1 light machine guns 2 L7A2 GPMGs

Weapons
Pistols

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Origin

Type

Number Photo Pistols

Notes The 9-mm Browning L9A1 is the general issue pistol for selfdefence, to be replaced by the Glock 17 Gen 4. The Browning is a self-loading pistol using the standard NATO 9-mm round. It has been in service since 1954 and has proven to be a reliable, accurate and robust weapon.[5][6] Variants of the P226 SIG Sauer were procured as a replacement for the Browning in certain units, and as a UOR (Urgent Operational Requirement) for use in Afghanistan. The L105A1 is the original P226, the L105A2 is the railed version and the L106A1 has an improved protective finish.[7] The L107A1 is the P228 model, while the L117A1 is the P229. The Glock 17 has been procured, replacing the Brownings and SIGs as the British Army's new standard issue sidearm. Approximately 25,000 are being procured and are due in service during 2013/14.[8]

L9A1

Belgium SemiUnited automatic States Pistol

L105A1 & L105A2 SemiGermany L106A1 automatic L107A1 Pistol Switzerland L117A1

Glock 17

SemiAustria automatic Pistol

(25,000)

Rifles and shotguns


Name Origin Type Number Photo Rifles and shotguns The standard issue rifle is the (Bullpup configuration) L85A2, known popularly as the SA80.
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L85A2 L86A2 L22A2

Assault Rifle ~200,000 Light Support United Weapon Kingdom ~1,500 Carbine

The L85A2 can be fitted with a SUSAT 4 or ACOG 432 TA31A optical sights and a LLM01 laser aiming and torch attachment upon newly installed rail systems. Furthermore, they can also attach a Viper 2 Thermal Sight. It is fed by a 30 round lightweight polymer magazine.[9] The L86A2 Light Support Weapon (LSW) has a longer barrel, a bipod and shoulder strap fitted for greater range and accuracy. Many of the weapon's parts are interchangeable with the L85, including the same 30 round magazine. The LSW is capable of producing a high rate of accurate rapid fire at ranges up to 800 meters.[9] The L22A2 is a shortened carbine used primarily by vehicle crews and Royal Marine Fleet Protection. It, once again, uses the same 5.56mm round and 30 round magazine. The Heckler & Koch L123A1 is an under slung grenade launcher or UGL for the SA80. There is normally one per fire team or 6 per platoon. This was added upon the H&K refit to the SA80 as well as an urgent operational requirement for Afghanistan. Part of the FIST program, it is set to receive potential upgrades including an optical sight and airbursting rounds similar to the American XM25. The Colt Canada C8 carbine is chambered to fire the standard 5.5645mm NATO C77 cartridge, The C8 is used by the Pathfinder platoon of the Parachute Regiment and United

L123A1

Underslung Grenade Germany Launcher

~2,000

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L119A1

Canada

Assault Rifle

~2,500

Kingdom special forces, it has also been reported to have been used by the special forces support group (SFSG). They also use an underslung 40mm grenade launcher, the L17A1. Also in use by Special Forces is the C8 CQB Varient and has been spotted in some videos of the Special Air Service in Afghanistan. A sharpshooter rifle based on Law Enforcement Internationals 7.62-mm calibre LM7, was chosen by the MoD as a replacement for the AI L96 used by designated marksmen/sharpshooters.[10] The L129A1 7.6251mm calibre, longer range (800 m), semiautomatic rifle, will replace the bolt action Accuracy International L96 in the Sharpshooter role.[11] A total of 440 Sharpshooter rifles were initially bought as a 1.5m urgent operational requirement, however since then at least 1500 rifles have been delivered.[12] It is the first new infantry combat rifle to be issued for more than 20 years.[11][13] The standard weapon sight is the ACOG with 400 of them on order.[14] Entering use in 1985, the L96 (The original name of the system) was one of the primary marksman/sniper rifles of the British Army. Specially designed to work as well in arctic conditions for the needs of the Royal Marines, it also features a 10-round magazine and an effective pinpoint range of around 800m. It has mostly been
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L129A1

United States

Sharpshooter ~2,000 Rifle

L118A1

United Sniper Rifle Kingdom

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replaced in frontline service in Afghanistan by the L129A1 due to the long barrel of the L96 being ill-suited to the regular close quarters battles. The name L118A1 specifically is referring to an improved varient of the L96 that is still in service alongside its replacement, the L115A3. Nearly 600 of the long-range rifles have been ordered to replace the L96. The L115A3 has a scope that can magnify the target up to 25 times, a suppressor to reduce flash and noise, a folding stock and a fiveround magazine. With a range of about a mile, the new weapon is being rolled out alongside the broader Sniper System Improvement programme. The L115A3 Long Range Rifle fires an 8.58-mm bullet, which is heavier than the 7.62mm round of the L96, and is less likely to be deflected by wind over extremely long ranges.[15][16] The British Army using this rifle currently holds the record for the longest sniper shot in history at 2,475m by Corporal of Horse Craig Harrison. The British Armed Forces also use the .50 BMG variant of the AWM, the AW50. However this is in service with the Royal Navy for the Royal Marines and not formally listed with the British Army.

L115A3

United Sniper Rifle Kingdom

~600

M82A1

United States

Anti-materiel Rifle

~200

The Barrett M82 is a .50 calibre recoil-operated, semi-automatic anti-matriel rifle. The British Army uses the M82A1
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version.[17]

L128A1

SemiItaly automatic Shotgun

The Combat Shotgun is a semiautomatic, tubular magazine fed weapon chambered for the 12 gauge cartridge. It has a capacity of eight rounds and a maximum effective range of 140 metres for solid shot and 40 metres for buckshot.[18] Used primarily by the British Special Forces as a breaching shotgun. Used by British Special Forces The HK53 is used by only specialist teams, predominantly by the SAS and SBS for CQB as it fires a 5.56 x 45mm NATO round for countering body armour. (As opposed to the lighter MP5 9mm) It has also seen use at Camp Bastion by UKSF or close protection units. The HK417 is a 7.62-mm rifle. Used by Royal Military Police Close Protection Unit, United Kingdom Special Forces and special forces support group (SFSG).[11] The MP5 is widely used within the United Kingdom Special Forces in multiple variants, from the standard submachine gun (as famously used in the Iranian Embassy siege) to the more easily concealable MP5K Machine Pistol and the suppressed
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L74A1 G36K G36C

United States

Pump-action shotgun

Assault Rifle Germany Carbine

HK53

Germany

Carbine

HK417

Germany

Battle Rifle

~500

L91A1 (MP5A3) MP5KA1 Germany

Submachine gun Machine pistol Suppressed

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MP5SD3

Submachine gun

MP5SD. (Pictured) All variants in UK service use the 919mm Parabellum round. The weapon is also in service with the fleet protection group of the Royal Marines for inter-boat combat.

MAC-10

United States

Machine pistol

Used by the Special Air Service as a highly concealable and very high rate of fire weapon, often from close protection details.

Machine guns

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Origin

Type

Number Photo Machine guns

Notes The L108A1light machine gun (LMG) is a 5.56x45mm NATO calibre belt-fed machine gun. It is used primarily with its bipod so it can provide a level of sustained fire not possible with the LSW with its 30round magazine. The L110A1 is the "paratrooper" version, equipped with a shortened barrel and a collapsible stock and is now issued one per four man infantry fireteam.[19] The L7 General-Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) is a 7.6251mm NATOcalibre weapon. It is the UK's version of the FN MAG.[20] The L2 Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) of the British Army is a version of the M2 Browning. It is a 12.799mm NATO (.50 BMG) calibre weapon. It can be mounted on a tripod or on pedestal mounts on vehicles.[21] The Heckler & Koch 40-mm Grenade Machine Gun (GMG) provides a high rate of fire combined with the fragmentation effect of a mortar. The GMG is usually mounted on Jackal (MWMIK) vehicles but can also be used from tripods.[22]
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L108A1/L110A1

Light Belgium Machine Gun

L7A2

Generalpurpose Belgium Machine Gun

L2A1

United States

Heavy Machine Gun

L134A1

Grenade 44 Germany Machine Gun

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Mortars
Name Origin Type Number Photo Mortars The Hirtenberger M6-895 60-mm Mortar was procured as an UOR. It can be fired in both the direct and indirect roles at a rate of 112 rounds a minute and can be operated in the hand-held mode. The 640 60-mm Mortar has been procured as a UOR to replace the current 51-mm Mortar on current operations.[23] Notes

M6-895

Austria

60 mm Mortar ~1,900

L16

United Kingdom 81 mm Mortar ~470[24] Canada

The L16 81mm mortar is a medium calibre weapon which is operated by a three man team. It is often vehicle-borne, and in mechanised infantry battalions is mounted and fired from an FV432 vehicle.[25]

Anti-tank and anti-structure weapons

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Origin

Type

Number Photo Anti-tank and anti-structure weapons

Notes The Main Battle Tank Light Armour Weapon (MBT LAW) is a disposable, man-portable, short range fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile system.[26] The MBT LAW has a top attack mechanism that fires a shaped charge directly down through the weaker top of a tank and thus is capable of hitting even virtually obscured targets by ignoring any cover in front of it.

MBT LAW

Anti-tank Sweden Weapon

~14,000

AT4

Anti-tank Sweden Weapon

Small quantities of AT4 and HP projectiles purchased.[27]

FGM-148 United Javelin States

Anti-tank Weapon

300 Launchers ~6,371 Missiles

The FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank guided weapon system has been procured as the replacement for the Milan system. It has a range of about 2500 m and is capable of defeating explosive-reactive armour with a tandem High Explosive Anti Tank (HEAT) warhead. It is currently thought that the Javelin is capable of penetrating most armoured vehicles.[28] Apart from the L72A9 LASM (light anti-structures missile) being effective against light armour and soft-skinned vehicles, the weapons primary use is against bunkers, buildings and other fixed positions.[29]

L72A9

United States

Anti-structure Weapon

MANPADs

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Origin

Type

Number Photo MANPADs

Notes

FIM-92 Stinger

United States

Man-portable Air-Defence System

Used primarily by specialist units including the British special forces, the Stinger is a lighter and more portable alternative to the much heavier Starstreak system.

Mines
Name Origin Type Number Photo Mines Used throughout the British Army for specialist and defensive purposes. Has been in use within Afghanistan, with at least one confirmed detonation in anger by the Royal Gurkha Rifles. Corporal Dip Prasad Pun defended an outpost from 30 Taliban attackers by himself, incorporating a claymore mine into the defence. Notes

M18 Claymore mine

United States

Anti-personnel mine

Personal equipment
Protective equipment
Main articles: Mk 6 helmet, Mk. 7 Helmet, Osprey body armour, and General Service Respirator The standard helmet is the Mk.6; it is in the process of being replaced by the Mk.7. The Mk.7 helmet is equipped with a new harness that keeps the helmet more stable on the head when night vision equipment is fitted. It is also better integrated with new weapon sights, making it easier to use in a variety of fighting positions.[30] Since 2006 troops in Afghanistan (and until 2009 Iraq), have been issued with Osprey body armour. This has provided much better protection than previous body armour systems.[30] The new Osprey Assault body armour, which is currently replacing Osprey, will provide the same ballistic protection, while improving the comfort of personnel on operations in Afghanistan. It has all the stopping power of the current body armour but is closer fitting, less bulky and is easier to move in. It is specifically developed to meet the British Army's requirements, using cutting edge materials and manufacturing technology.[31]

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The General Service Respirator is replacing the S10 respirator. It has also been issued to the Royal Navy, the RAF and the RFA.[32]

Multi-Terrain Pattern
Main article: Multi-Terrain Pattern The Multi-Terrain Pattern is designed and intended to perform consistently across a wide range of environments. A wide range of camouflage colours were trialled in Britain, Cyprus, Kenya and Afghanistan, ultimately the Crye's "Multicam" pattern was determined to be the best performing, across the widest range of environments (by a significant margin) and was subsequently selected as the basis for the new British MTP camouflage, and combined with the existing British DPM pattern. The MTP pattern itself was not trialled against other patterns and its adoption was based solely on its similarity to the original Crye Multicam pattern.[33][34]

Boots
New standard issue boots have been bought by the MOD for the Army, Royal Navy and RAF. Armed Forces personnel will have a newly designed range of brown combat boots to replace the black and desert combat footwear they currently wear. Personnel will have the choice of five different boots depending on where they are based and what role they are in. Desert Combat worn by dismounted troops conducting medium to high levels of activity in desert type environments with temperatures exceeding 40 C Desert Patrol worn by drivers/armoured troops conducting lower levels of activity in desert type environments exceeding 40 C Temperate Combat worn by dismounted troops for medium to high levels of activity in temperate (European) climates Patrol worn by mounted troops (drivers/armoured troops) taking part in lower levels of activity in temperate (European) climates Cold Wet Weather worn by dismounted troops for medium to high levels of activity in temperatures down to 20 C. Each of the five boot types comes in two different styles, so personnel showing full combat dress and can wear whichever one is more comfortable for them. The new brown standard personal kit (front). boots, which have been developed to match the Multi Terrain Pattern uniform worn by service personnel, will be made in two different fittings designed for the first time to take account of the different shapes of men and women's feet. The current black boots will carry on to be worn with most non-camouflage uniforms as well as units on parade in full dress uniform, such as regiments performing ceremonial duties in central London.[35]
A British Army soldier posing -

Personal Role Radio


Main article: Personal Role Radio
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A Personal Role Radio (PRR) is distributed to every member of an eight-strong infantry section.[3]

Personal Load Carrying Equipment


Main article: Personal Load Carrying Equipment Soldiers need to carry ammunition, water, food and protective equipment. They use Personal Load Carrying Equipment (PLCE), a tough, modular system of camouflaged belt, yoke and pouches. To this can be added two small rucksacks and a large rucksack for additional carrying capacity, when required.[36]

Future Integrated Soldier Technology


Main article: Future Integrated Soldier Technology Primarily a future goal, the FIST system is in gradual deployment for some of its elements. Introduction of the MBT LAW, Javelin and new SA80 based sights were already aims of the program and entered service in Afghanistan. The British Soldier has changed almost all of his kit in some way since 2003, not all of it related to FIST but much of it shared with the programs aims. VIPER-II Thermal Sights were introduced under FIST aims as were the CTLS. Future technology is to include networked helmet and/or wrist mounted displays connected to laptops, tablets, to drones and weapons sights within an open architecture system similar to that being brought into service with British vehicles. Enhanced lethality of the 40mm UGL for airbursting rounds is also a potential element along with lighter power systems for the entire FIST system.

Vehicles
Vehicle summary

A British Army soldier posing showing full combat dress and standard personal kit (back).

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Osprey body armour next to a L85A2 assault rifle. Fitted to the armour is the issue medical pouch, and a Marconi Personal Role Radio.

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Based on the corresponding tables below


Armoured Fighting Vehicles Main Battle Tanks Light Tanks Infantry Fighting Vehicles Armoured Personnel Carriers Infantry Mobility Vehicles Others Artillery Self-propelled Howitzers Towed Howitzers Rocket Artillery SAM Systems Others Command Vehicles Combat Engineering Military Logistics Vehicles Land Rover Wolf Other Military Vehicles 659 709 ~17,682 ~12,000 ~5256 89 138 42 253 227 (407) 328 489 1,383 3,115 307

Armoured fighting vehicles


Name Origin Type Number[37][38][39] Photo Armoured fighting vehicles The Challenger 2 (CR2) is the British Army's battle proven main battle tank, it replaced the Challenger 1 that served with distinction on operations in the
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Challenger 2

Main Battle Tank 227 In Climate United 180 Controlled Kingdom Total 407 Storage

Gulf War and the Balkans.[40] 227 out of 407 Challenger 2 tanks remain in operational service, the rest have been placed in storage.[41] Despite many years of hard fighting in urban combat, not one tank or crewman has ever been lost to enemy fire and is reputed to have the toughest armour of any MBT in the world.[42] The Warrior IFV has the speed and performance to keep up with Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks over the most difficult terrain, and the firepower and armour to support infantry in the assault. Warrior will be upgraded in a 1 billion pound deal with Lockheed Martin UK. The Warrior will receive an improved turret and new stabilised 40mm cannon using cased telescopic ammunition with five different kinds of shells. From armour piercing to high explosive with airbursting modes available.[43] The FV 430 family of

Infantry Fighting Vehicle Armoured Command Vehicle FV510 Warrior Combat FV511 Warrior Repair FV512 Warrior Vehicle FV513 Warrior United Armoured FV514 Warrior Kingdom Recovery FV515 Warrior Vehicle Artillery Observation Vehicle Artillery Command Vehicle

489 84 105 39 52 19 Total 788

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Armoured Personnel FV432 Bulldog Carrier FV434 Bulldog Combat United Repair Kingdom Vehicle

832 63 Total 895

armoured fighting vehicles entered service with the British Army in the 1960s, but regular maintenance and improvements including a new power train have enabled this old workhorse to remain in service into the 21st Century. While some publications point to a lower amount of Scimitars, the numbers included are made up from the additional Scimitar Mk2's that were inducted for service in Afghanistan. They include slat armour, additional IED protection and enhanced communication elements to bring the number to the higher quantity listed here. These were made from ex-Spartan chassis as they were retired. The CVRT series is a light platform of multi-role chassis' that carry out many tasks in the British army. Slated to be replaced by the Future Rapid Effect System. Mastiff is the 66 wheel-drive infantry

Armoured Recce, Light Tank Armoured Personnel FV107 Carrier Scimitar Armoured FV103 Spartan Ambulance FV104 Armoured Samaritan United Command FV105 Sultan Kingdom Vehicle FV106 Samson Armoured Alvis Stormer Recovery Vehicle Armoured Anti-aircraft Vehicle

328 267 50 155 37 62 Total 899

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Cougar Mastiff Cougar Ridgback United Cougar States Wolfhound

Infantry Mobility Vehicle Infantry Mobility Vehicle Armoured Tactical Support

442 168 126 Total 736

fighting vehicle variant of the Cougar vehicle.[44] The Ridgback 44 wheeldrive infantry fighting vehicle, is nearly two metres shorter but, crucially, a metre slimmer than Mastiff, which allows troops greater access and mobility within builtup environments. Wolfhound is an Armoured tactical support variant of the Mastiff. It has a larger load-carrying ability, and will mainly operate in the logistical role, moving ammunition for Light Guns, or carrying Bulky Stores.[45] The Viking All Terrain Vehicle (Protected) ATV(P) is the third generation of articulated vehicles produced by BAE Systems Hagglunds of Sweden.[46] Another 21 are on order to serve as carriers for the Watchkeeper UAV stations. 99 will be upgraded to serve as future frontline elements and are already considered the "core fleet" with all others being converted to support elements in Parliament Information.
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Viking

Infantry United Mobility Kingdom Vehicle

158

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Warthog

Infantry Mobility Singapore Vehicle

115[47]

Warthog is the British Army version of the ST Kinetics Bronco ATTC. With its added payload capacity and heavier protection, it was purchased for urgent service in Afghanistan[48] PostAfghanistan they will be maintained as part of the Royal Artillery in UAV support, providing heavier armoured transportation when needed as well.[49] The Jackal 44 wheel-drive is used for reconnaissance, rapid assault, fire support and convoy protection.[50] Many are used in a stripped down variant by the Special Forces under various names, which previously had not been declared in fleet sizes. While Coyote, a larger 66 wheeldrive variant is used as a tactical support vehicle.[51] The Foxhound is a new armoured patrol vehicle that is intended to replace the current Land Rover Snatch. It design is specifically suited to providing

Jackal Coyote

Infantry Mobility Vehicle United Armoured Kingdom Tactical Support

425 71 Total 496

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Foxhound

Infantry United Mobility Kingdom Vehicle

400

protection from Improvised Explosive Devices (IED)s and so-called 'roadside bombs'. The vehicle is due to start operations by 2011. The Ministry of Defence have been adding extra Foxhounds to the fleet ever since they entered service. At DSEI 2013, a new contract extension was announced to acquire a further 24 Foxhounds that would bring the total number to 400. While the Jackal has replaced the WMIK almost entirely, a significant fleet of RWMIK's (upgraded with additional armour over the original WMIK) has been maintained for use by both the special forces and Army Reserves. Able to mount a GPMG, M2 Browning or HK GMG along with an additional GPMG, they are used for reconnaissance, fire support and light rapid assault. The 485 Land Rover Snatch 2s in the British Army are a Protected Patrol

Land Rover RWMIK

Infantry United Mobility Kingdom Vehicle

371

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Infantry Land Rover Mobility Snatch/VIXEN Vehicle United Land Rover Unmanned Kingdom "Panama" Route Clearance

485 12

Vehicle, based on the Land Rover Heavy Duty Chassis. This upgraded vehicle includes armour for troops on the frontline facing IEDs and Mines. The Army has a total of 12,000+ Land Rover as it is their main light utility/patrol vehicle.[52] The Panama project converted a dozen Land Rovers set to be sold off into unmanned remote control platforms to scout ahead of convoys to aid in mine detection and clearance as part of the Talisman convoy units.[53] The Vector provides good protection and, importantly, increased mobility and capacity compared to the Snatch Landrover, which makes it very suitable for the rugged terrain and long patrol distances in Afghanistan.[54] The Husky is an armoured tactical support vehicle providing commanders with a highly mobile and flexible load carrying vehicle. It is equipped with a machine
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Vector

Infantry United Mobility Kingdom Vehicle

153

Husky

United States

Armoured Tactical Support

327

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gun.[55] Panther is in use with various Commanders/Officers for Armoured, Armoured Recce and Armoured Infantry Units. Panther is also be used as the Commander's vehicle for Engineer Troops, Anti-Tank, Mortar and supporting fire platoons. Option for 400 more vehicles.[56] The Fuchs vehicles were initially given to the UK for the first Gulf War, since when they have been upgraded to be one of the most technologically advanced vehicles of their type in the world. They are manned by a crew of four, Commander, Driver and two Operators. The Fuchs were the first British vehicles into Iraq of the main ground force during the first Gulf War. The vehicle is fully amphibious with a speed through water of 10 kts. It used to be part of the armoured arm of the CBRN Regiment which facilitates freedom of movement
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Panther

Italy

Armoured Command & Recce

401

TPz Fuchs

APC & Biological Germany Warfare

11

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while the Land Forces advance. Initially put into storage after the Invasion of Iraq, they have been brought back into testing for service reintroduction in light of chemical weapon use once more. Retired from the front line, 147 Saxons are kept in reserve storage within the UK and have seen use prior to their reserve standing in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland. Used for rapidly transporting soldiers in a protected environment from small arms, shrapnel and mines. They can also operate as a battlefield ambulance and mortar platform among other secondary roles. A family of AVREs (Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers) based on the Challenger 2 MBT chassis. The Challenger Armoured Repair and Recovery Vehicle (CRARRV) is a highly evolved armoured vehicle designed to recover
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Saxon

Infantry United Mobility Kingdom Vehicle

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CRARRV TITAN Trojan

Armoured Repair & Recovery Vehicle Launched United Bridge Kingdom Minefield Breaching Vehicle

75 33 33 Total 141

and repair damaged tanks on the battlefield.[57] Titan is a new armoured engineer vehicle designed to enable troops and vehicles to cross gaps of up to 60 metres by laying a selection of close support bridges. Along with Trojan it gives a common heavy armour fleet based on the Challenger 2 chassis.[58] Trojan is an armoured engineer vehicle designed to open routes through complex battlefield obstacles and clear a path through minefields.[59] Trojan also utilizes the Python Minefield Breaching System, of which the British Army has 53. Terrier is a new replacement for the Combat Engineering Tractor, acquired in 2013. It removes obstacles, digs earthworks and aids in ditch crossing. Compared to the CET, it features faster speeds, heavier armour and can be remotely controlled from far distances. It is also capable of utilising one of the 53
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Combat United Engineering 60 Kingdom Vehicle

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Python Minefield Breaching Systems Shielder minelaying system The Shielder AntiTank System gives commanders the facility to create antitank barriers quickly and effectively.[60] The Buffalo mine protected vehicle is a wheeled armored vehicle built by Force Protection Inc. It was designed based on the successful South African Casspir mineprotected vehicle.[61]

Anti-tank United System Kingdom

29

Buffalo

MineUnited protected Kingdom Clearance

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Artillery and air-defence


Name Origin Type Number[37][62] Photo Artillery SelfUnited propelled Kingdom Howitzer Notes

AS-90

89

155mm.

L118 Light Towed United Gun Howitzer Kingdom

138

The 105 mm Light Gun is used by the Parachute and Commando Field Artillery Regiments of the British Army.

MLRS

United

Rocket

42

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Artillery

artillery systems used by the British Army. Due to its devastating results, it has been often referred to as the 'GSRM' instead, standing for 'Grid Square Removal System.'

Exactor

Israel

Ultra-long Range ATGM

Unknown

Exactor is a previously classified purchase of SpikeNLOS pods mounted on an M113 chassis, with a range of up to 25km with a large anti-tank missile. The system is used primarily for precise indirect attack at long ranges when other systems, such as an M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System might have caused too much collateral. Exactor has secured funding via the Royal Artillery to be brought into the core budget, with options to be remounted on a less specialist and more deployable chassis. Air-defence Rapier Field Standard C is a technologically advanced Short Range Air Defence System (SHORAD) and is in service with the Royal Artillery. Starstreak LML: Is fired from a Lightweight Multiple Launcher (LML) which holds three missiles ready for firing and can be used as either a stationary launch unit or mounted on a light vehicle

Rapier

SAM System United 24 (Air-defence) Kingdom

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such as the Land Rover Wolf. Starstreak can also be used as a surface attack weapon, capable of penetrating the frontal armour of even IFVs. Starstreak 145 SAM System United (Air-defence) 62 (22) Kingdom Starstreak SP HVM: Mounted on the Alvis Stormer AFV with an eight round launcher and internal stowage for a further 12 missiles. The Starstreak HVM (High Velocity Missile) is designed to counter threats from very high performance, low-flying aircraft and fast 'pop up' strikes by helicopters. Approximately 22 Stormers have been moved into controlled storage, with 62 remaining in operation.

Unarmoured vehicles
Name [63] Origin Type Number[37] Photo Unarmoured vehicles The Oshkosh HET 1070F is the Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) of the British Army. The Heavy Equipment Transporters are capable of carrying a 72-tonne Main Battle Tank and are responsible for the strategic transportation of armoured vehicles over land. The Oshkosh Wheeled Tanker forms the
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United States

Military Logistics Vehicle

762

backbone of the British Army's Bulk Fuel and Water transportation. The Tanker can be fitted with enhanced blastproof armour for driver protection and General Purpose Machine Guns.[64] The Leyland MMLC is the Medium Mobility Load Carrier (MMLC) using a standard pallet and rack system and forms the logistic backbone of the British Army. The Foden IMMLC is the Improved Medium Mobility Load Carrier and is used primarily as an ammunition carrier in support of AS90 155mm self-propelled guns. The Bedford TM 6-6 is a 12-ton, six wheel military logistics vehicle equipped with a crane and a flat bed section for the transportation of supplies. It entered service in 1986 and is now being replaced by more modern vehicles such as the MAN Support Vehicles. The Bedford TM 4-4 is a smaller four wheel military logistics vehicle armed with a 7.62mm GPMG. It is used as a troop transport and supply vehicle. The MAN family of

Leyland DROPS (MMLC) Foden DROPS (IMMLC)

Military Logistics United Vehicle Kingdom

9,288

Bedford TM 6-6 Military Logistics United Bedford TM Vehicle Kingdom 4-4

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Military Logistics Germany Vehicle

7,285

support vehicles are gradually replacing all 4tonne, 8-tonne and 14tonne cargo vehicles currently in service. They have good mobility and the ability to be fitted with armour and General Purpose Machine Guns.[65] 7,285 were ordered in April 2010. The Pinzgauer 716M is a four-wheeldrive transporter used by the Royal Artillery to tow the L118 Light gun and the Rapier missile system. It is also used as a small logistics vehicle; the armoured version is known as the Vector. The TBT has the same cross-country performance as a tank even when fully loaded. It can carry 1 No 10 Bridge or 2 No 12 Bridges. It can drop off and load bridges independently, but it cannot recover them. Primarily used by the Royal Marines, the Bv206 focusses on arctic training and all-terrain utility mobility. They are also capable of mounting 81mm Mortars and acting as a battlefield casualty evac. Mounted on a Bv206 chassis, this is operated by the Royal Artillery as

Pinzgauer 716M

Military Logistics United Vehicle Kingdom

190

Alvis Unipower

Tank Bridge United Transporter Kingdom

139

Bandvagn 206

All-Terrain Sweden Transport

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MAMBA Radar

United Kingdom

Mobile Artillery Monitoring

an assistance asset of artillery direction and monitoring with a counter-battery capability.

Land Rover Multipurpose Wolf Utility Vehicle United Land Rover Battlefield Kingdom Pulse Ambulance

12,000[66] 119

Numerous variants of the Land Rover are used such as the Land Rover Wolf Truck Utility Light and Medium (Higher Specification), the Land Rover Defender Truck Utility Light and Medium and a version fitted as a Battlefield Ambulance, using the Land Rover Defender 127" chassis.[67] It is a lightweight, 6wheeled vehicle used by airborne and air-mobile forces of the British Army. It is amphibious and exerts low ground pressure enabling it to traverse rough terrain whilst carrying up to 8 troops (and 2 crew), a standard NATO pallet or other stores and ammunition. A GPMG may also be fitted to create an effective mobile fire support platform. Designed as a light-role load carriage platform, the Springer is based on the US-made Tomcar. The 42 vehicle can selfload a 1t pallet. Each vehicle is equipped with an 8,000 lb (3,600 kg)
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United All-Terrain Vehicle Kingdom

Springer

United States

All-Terrain Vehicle 78

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self-recovery winch and sand ladders, which act as loading ramps for a cargo pallet.[68] Yamaha Grizzly 450s[69] quad bikes are used for light transport for things such as mortars, ammunition and general supplies.[70] Harley Davidson MT350E and Honda R250 motorcycles are used by dispatch riders and for a variety of liaison and traffic control tasks.

Grizzly 450 Quad Bikes

Japan

All-Terrain Vehicle

United Motorcycles States Japan

Despatches/Liaison ~500

Aircraft
Name Origin Type Number Photo Aircraft The Britten-Norman Islander and Defender are light aircraft used for airborne reconnaissance and command. They have a range of 380 nautical miles and can carry two crew and six passengers. Also has a limited use in transporting personnel.[71] The Westland Apache was designed to hunt and destroy tanks and can operate in all weathers, day or night. It carries a mix of weapons including rockets, Hellfire missiles and a 30-mm chain gun. The British version changed the engines for more powerful Rolls-Royce RTM332's to allow it to
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16

Westland

United States

Attack helicopter 66

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operate with both full fuel and munitions loads. With the installation of a new defensive suite (that enabled an Apache to dodge a guided missile in Libya), more powerful CRV7 Rockets, folding rotors, maritime/arctic hardening and additional pilot stowage space it is an extensive difference from the American model. The Westland Lynx is a battlefield utility helicopter although it has been used for both antitank and reconnaissance operations. The addition of door gunners has allowed Lynx to operate in the very close air support role. The AH7 aircraft are going to be replaced by 34 Wildcat. The AH9s have been upgraded to AH9A standard.[72] The Lynx is renowned for its agility and versatility in almost any role while also being the fastest service helicopter in the world. 34 aircraft have been ordered. Currently used for training. The Wildcat will enter operational service in 2014. The Wildcat brings enhancements in ISTAR ability, range and payload capacity over the Lynx AH7 as well as operating an advanced system architecture for cross communication between air and ground.

Westland Lynx AH7 Battlefield United Westland Helicopter Kingdom Lynx Mk9A

50 22

Westland Wildcat

Battlefield United helicopter Kingdom

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Bell 212 HP

United States

Battlefield helicopter

Used in the jungle areas of Belize and Brunei.

Eurocopter Dauphin

France

Special forces helicopter

The Eurocopter Dauphin is used in support of United Kingdom Special Forces. 8 Flight Army Air Corps attached to SAS.[73] The Westland Gazelle is a small single-engined helicopter primarily used for observation and reconnaissance.[74] It is an older aircraft type and is not deployed on current combat roles. Under current plans the out of service date for the Gazelle is 2012.[75] Capability to be replaced by Watchkeeper UAV. The British Army operates 12 Hermes 450 UAVs in Afghanistan to assist operations and has flown more hours in them than any other Hermes operator in the theatre, approaching 70,000 flight hours which is the equivilent of 8 years of nonstop flying. This UAV forms the basis of the Watchkeeper drone and the version used by the British Army is the only Hermes in the world to have laser gyroscopes in its inertial navigation system. Currently operated by 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery. The Watchkeeper WK450 is an advanced ISTAR UAV with twin payloads that can operate in all weathers and

Westland Gazelle

Reconnaissance United 23 helicopter Kingdom

Elbit Hermes 450 Israel

ISTAR UAV

12

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54

can take off and land automatically.[76] WK450 has a maximum payload capacity of 150 kilogrammes. Which will include day and night sensors, a flir, a zoom television camera, a laser range finder and target designator and a combined synthetic aperture radar and ground moving target indicator.[77] Entered service in 2011 and currently on operational trials with the Royal Artillery.

Watercraft
Name Origin Type Number Photo Watercraft The Mk 6 Assault Boat is a glass reinforced plastic boat, operated by the Royal Engineers which can be carried by four men. It is designed to carry up to 10 fully equipped troops or 1,043 kg of stores, it also makes a useful light ferry when fitted with an outboard motor.[78] The Rigid Raider is a series of rigid hulled raiding craft, operated mainly by the Royal Engineers and Royal Marines, but also by the Royal Logistic Corps. The Mk 3 craft is capable of 30 knots and can be beached during assaults. It is also used in support of bridging operations. The Combat Support Boat (CSB) is a powerful, versatile
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United Assault Boat Kingdom

Rigid Raider

United Raiding Craft Kingdom

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Combat United Support Boat Kingdom

craft designed to support both bridging and amphibious operations. Powered by water jet propulsion it has a shallow draught. It is generally operated by the Royal Engineers as a generalpurpose boat in support of diving operations, ship-toshore re-supply and inland riverine patrols.[79] Ramped Craft Logistic (RCL) is operated by the Royal Logistic Corps for amphibious operations and is designed to deliver men and material onto beaches.[80] Army Workboats (WB41 Storm, WB42 Diablo, WB43 Mistral, WB44 Sirocco) are operated by the Royal Logistic Corps as small tugs and general purpose workboats in support of amphibious operations. Mexeflote rafts are operated by the Royal Logistic Corps for amphibious operations and are designed to deliver vehicles and material between ship and shore. M3 Amphibious Rigs are used for heavy river crossing and are driven directly into the water itself. They are capable of supporting the weight of even a Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank.

Ramped Craft United Landing Craft Logistic Kingdom

Mk 4 Army Workboat

Amphibious United Support Kingdom

Amphibious MEXEFLOTE United Landing Raft Kingdom

M3 Amphibious Bridge

Bridging Germany System

38

Communications and reconnaissance equipment


Bowman
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Main article: Bowman (communications system) Bowman is the tactical C4I system being issued to British forces to replace the Clansman.

Mobile Artillery Battlefield Radar


The Mobile Artillery Battlefield Radar is a weapon-locating radar. It is air portable, and deployed with 5 Regt, RA. It automatically detects and locates (both firing positions and impact) multiple artillery, rockets and mortars.[81]

GEOINT

A deployable geospatial intelligence unit, this allows for situational awareness on a wide scale. With GEOINT exploitation and map production capabilities from strategic to tactical levels, it can update frontline troops with digital map updates for cohersive intelligence across the entire battlefront. Mounted on MOWAG Duro II trucks, the British Army has taken delivery of 11 GEOINT Stations with 3 vehicle mounted tactical distribution systems.[82]

The Personal Role Radio, used at Section and Platoon level. Forms part of the Bowman communications system.

MSTAR
MSTAR is a lightweight all-weather battlefield radar designed to detect helicopters, vehicles and infantry to a range in excess of 20 km. MSTAR is used by artillery Observation Parties (OPs) to detect where artillery shells are landing in relation to the target. It weighs 30 kg and is either stand alone or mounted in a vehicle.[83]

Black Hornet Nano Unmanned Air Vehicle


Main article: Black Hornet Nano The Black Hornet Nano UAV measures 10 cm x 2.5 cm and provides troops with local situational awareness. The Black Hornet is equipped with a camera which gives troops reliable full-motion video and still images it can be used to peer around corners or over walls and other obstacles to identify any hidden dangers and the images are displayed on a handheld terminal. 160 units will be purchased under current plans.[84][85]

Desert Hawk
Main article: Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk

A Black Hornet nano helicopter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The Desert Hawk, in service with 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery, allows for local area reconnaissance and base perimetre protection. Made of a lightweight material, it is capable of rough landings without major damage and is driven by a pusher quiet propeller. Equipped with three cameras, it can transmit real time video to a small laptop carried by the operators.
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Dragon runner
Main article: Dragon Runner Dragon Runner is a lightweight, man portable, robot capable of detecting a variety of explosive devices without putting the operator in danger, which helps bomb disposal experts find and deactivate improvised explosive devices (IEDs).[86] The version purchased is tracked, with a controllable manipulation arm and a very rugged design to be thrown from vehicles, over fenced and through windows without damage. Around 100 were purchased for use in the British Army.

Tarantula Hawk
Main article: Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk The Tarantula Hawk is a lightweight robot used primarily for situational awareness and IED detection from the air or close to the ground. They are most commonly mounted on Mastiff's under the varient "Protected Eyes" that also includes an ISTAR periscope and remote weapon system. This is part of the Talisman mine detection program and, upon locating a suspected area, the Mastiff will remotely deploy the Tarantula Hawk to investigate ahead of the convoy. Five systems were ordered initially for testing before many more were acquired upon successful integration into Talisman.
A Desert Hawk being launched from a WMIK Land Rover.

Surveillance System and Range Finder


This system allows a soldier to quickly establish the location and distance of enemy forces and gives the soldier advice as to the most appropriate mortar or artillery firepower to use in response. The system is allweather, day and night system has built-in GPS.[83]

Tarantula Hawk

Reacher Satellite Ground Terminal


Reacher is a mobile X-Band SGT It comes in three variants: Reacher Large, mounted on a MOWAG Duro III Reacher Medium, mounted on a MOWAG Duro III Reacher RM, mounted on a BV206 vehicles (2 in service for use by the Royal Marines) The Large variant can be transported by C-17 Globemaster III and the Medium and RM variants by Hercules.[87]

A Surveillance System and Range Finder (SSARF).

Joint Operational Command System

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The JOCS provides digitised tools for controlling joint operations. With the formation of the Joint Rapid Reaction Force the requirement for a joint computer system was formed. This system provides a sophisticated operational picture, along with staff tools for controlling joint operations.[88]

Army Tactical Computer System


The Army Tactical Computer System (ATacCS) provides the Army with a LAN and WAN based command and control system across the battlespace.[89]

Falcon Secure Trunk Communication System


The Falcon Secure Trunk Communication System provides secure communications infrastructure for deployed formations and operating bases. it helps to deliver an information infrastructure that will provide the UK Armed Forces with the network enabled capability required in the 21st century. It is designed to operate with other communication and information systems such as Bowman, Cormorant and SKYNET V, and will be compatible with other NATO systems. The system provides the telephones and data distribution when deployed.[90]

DII(F)
Defence Information Infrastructure is one of the largest information infrastructure programmes in Europe. It will provide a computing infrastructure and services that will enable sharing of information and collaborative working to a variety of groups and individuals including those that currently have limited or no connectivity. Ultimately it will provide around 300,000 user accounts on approximately 150,000 terminals across about 2,000 MoD sites worldwide. DII will be central to transforming the capability of the Armed Forces by providing Network Enabled Capability through a single network of information. It will extend into the operational arena, interface with battlespace systems and improve shared information between headquarters, battlefield support and the front line, allowing greater interoperability between the MoD and its allies.[91] DII is being delivered in Increments. Increment 1 will provide DII(F) to around 70,000 desktops and 200,000 user accounts. Increment 2 looks at Deployed services and services to the Above Secret environment. The service ranges geographically from the office environment in headquarters to forward deployed units anywhere in the world.

MegaVoice
STG Media Systems has delivered 87 of the loudspeaker systems to Afghanistan for use at checkpoints and at public gatherings The ability to hear intelligible speech at 1 km allows the user to distance themselves from danger and warn the public about imminent actions being taken by, for example, IED clearance teams.[92][93]

Small SATCOM
SMALL SATCOM capability consists of a SWE-DISH CCT-120 satellite ground terminal which is owned by Paradigm. The ground terminal uses the SKYNET5 network. this provides a service to users on operations worldwide. The satellite ground terminal is lightweight, easily air transportable and can be set up by a single trained operator in less than 30 minutes.[94]

Cormorant
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Cormorant system is a deployable communications network for the Joint Task Force Headquarters. it provides communications support for direct users at Joint Force and other deployed Command Headquarters. the system offers world-wide deployability and is an integral part of the broader Global Information Infrastructure concept.[95]

Skynet (Satellite Network)


Main article: Skynet (satellite) Skynet is a family of military satellites, which provide strategic communication services to the three branches of the British Armed Forces and to NATO forces engaged in coalition tasks.[96]

Computer Networks
OVERTASK - On Operation HERRICK (Afghanistan), the OVERTASK network is used for strategic through to the tactical levels of command. this supports applications that deliver situational awareness, office tools and collaborative working.[97] ARRC C2IS - As well as the core networks the HQ ARRC now have their own ARRC Command and Control Information System (ARRC C2IS) to provide a Battle Management System and office automation.[98] J1/J4 IOS - In addition to OVERTASK, the J1/J4 Interim Operational Support (J1/J4 IOS) system is still in operation in Afghanistan but now serves significantly more users than it was originally designed for. J1/J4 IOS supports Restricted information transfer and applications such as Joint Personal Administration.[99]

Future equipment of the British Army


There are several approved modernization programmes underway for the British Army: The Future Integrated Soldier Technology is a suite of equipment capable of enhancing an infantryman's effectiveness as part of the Future Soldier programme.[100] The Future Rapid Effect System is a planned family of medium-weight armoured vehicles intended to replace the Saxon, FV432 and CVR(T) series of vehicles.[101] A new unarmoured Support vehicle, is currently being introduced into service. There will be 6,928 cargo vehicles including unit support tankers, 288 recovery vehicles and 69 recovery trailers with the deployment planned for 2014.[67] UK MOD has a requirement to acquire a new Modular Assault Rifle System (MARS) for deployment with certain military units from 2014.[102]

See also
Royal Engineers equipment - For articles regarding the various equipment systems operated by the Royal Engineers. British Army Future of the British Army (Army 2020)

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