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HQ 1 ARTY BDE


• Precision Fires. Significant progress has been made in both regu- larising and developing the employment of this urgent opera- tional requirement.


COMMANDER'S CONCERNS


MANAGING CHANGE Over 1,800 posts across this brigade have, to some degree or other, been the subject of change in trade, structure or location – often all three. Soldiers and units have shown remarkable agility but we must now ensure that we have in place the proper assurance mechanisms to follow through and manage, in detail, the implica- tions of these changes.


MANAGING HARMONY Sustaining the operations of the in-place formation whilst simul- taneously meeting the needs of the deploying formation and the formation on the cusp of mission specific training continues to be extremely challenging and occasionally makes demands beyond the capacity of the brigade. This situation will become tauter yet with the likely demands of supporting future contingent forces in 2011. 32 and 47 Regts RA will soon be operating to the ‘rule of five’. 5 and 39 Regts RA remain on a ‘rule of four’ and it is essential that both these regiments are now established for a fifth equipment battery as a matter of urgency10. Contingency may be unafford- able and may have to be taken at risk, though I judge that this risk will very quickly manifest itself for the UAS and weapon locating batteries.


MANAGING THE FALLOUT OF HADDON-CAVEAND THE CREATION OF THE MILITARYAVIATION AUTHORITY The creation of the three-star Military Aviation Authority is a defence change programme. Comd 1Arty Bde is both an air oper- ating authority and adelivery duty holder for all army UASs. As the former, Comd 1Arty Bde works for GOC Theatre Troops to deliver capability. As the latter he works with Comd JHC to deliver an effec- tive and safe capability that is compliant with aviation regulation. Effort and resource must be maintained to ensure that we are able


to manage the continuing rapid expansion of UASwhile at the same time maintaining pace with changes in practice and regulation. Only then can we be assured that we are creating abalanced, competent and sustainable UAScapability within 32 and 47 Regts RA.


DELIVERING INTEGRATED TRAINING – THE LACK OF URGENT OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENT EQUIPMENT The majority of this brigade’s equipment is urgent operational requirement. The lack of an OTEP fleet for LCMR, Base ISTAR, Hermes 450, Desert Hawk11 etc compromises both special-to-arm training and capability integration within mission specific training and makes integration within hybrid formation training highly problematic. Too much is trained on too late and in isolation to the all arms environment. As a result, our detachments deploy with only basic TTPs and evolving competency, and the brigades and battle groups deploy without fully understanding how to optimise the capabilities we provide. The intent of this brigade has been to drag training sharply to the left and to the start of mission specific training (a ‘must’) and into hybrid formation training (‘highly desir- able’). While there has been some success with funding12, once again we must effort and resource to properly establish a sustain- able and funded OTEP. Then, and with the fifth batteries described above, we can make progress.


NOTES: 1. IUAS Bty is approx 200 people and C-IDF/Base ISTAR delivered and coordinated by 5 Regt RA is circa 150 people and growing.


2. MLRS, MAMBA and COBRA. 3. UASs with HERMES 450, DESERT HAWK 3 and T-HAWK; a precision fires urgent operational requirement; Base ISTAR with Airliner, Livingstone, Remover, Revivor and more to come – Memphis from Op HERRICK 14; and weapon locating through LCMR.


4. Currently manned by Yeomanry personnel; soon to be manned by regular personnel from 12 and 16 Regts RA


5. Bde HQ Targeting Cell, GMLRS troop and two Exactor troops. 6. Deployed alongside MAMBA in August 2010 to allow the MAMBA update programme to be imple- mented.


7. Airliner and Livingstone as heavy Base ISTAR; Remover and Revivor as medium Base ISTAR. 8. To be delivered by 32 and 47 Regts RA wef 1 April 2011. 9. Four firing launchers and one spare. 10. As an ‘SDSR facing’ OP Entirety measure. 11. Synthetic wrap is not the answer to a maiden’s prayer – in UK it lacks sufficiently accurate representa- tion of ground truth and in BATUS is so effective as to provide an unrealistically all-seeing picture devoid of real friction.


12. Training solutions MUAS and precision fires UORs by 1 April 2011 and we remain optimistic that a Base ISTAR training solution will deliver at some stage in FY 11/12.


Pictures, clockwise from top left: Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar; MAMBA weapon locating radar; Hermes 450 December 2010 THE ROYAL ARTILLERY BRIEFING BULLETIN 35


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