Saturday, September 15, 2012
The force of Army 2020
A recent written answer in Parliament has revealed the full list of planned Full Unit Establishments for the various kind of battalions the British Army will have under A2020. An incomplete list had already been released earlier, and i had already reported that.
Armoured Infantry Battalions (6x): 729 men
Heavy Protected Mobility - Mechanized Infantry (3x): 709 men
Light Protected Mobility (6x): 581 men
Light Role Infantry (14x): 561 men
Gurkha (2x): 567
PARA (2x plus 1 PARA which however is likely to be a completely different matter): 660 men
Type 56 tank regiment (x3): 587
FRES SV-mounted Recce regiment: 528
Jackal-mounted Light Cavalry regiment: 404
Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment: 341
In Parliament it has also been announced that the expected fighting force of the Army is to be as follows:
20.000 regulars and 2000 reserves in the Reaction Force
12.500 regulars and 8000 reserves in the Adaptable Force
The rest of the regular and reserve manpower is part of Force Troops, which include the Surveillance Brigade, Logistics, REME, Artillery, Signals and Engineers.
The UK is retaining a fleet of 227 Challenger II battle tanks, which compare favorably to Italy (200 but with cuts to come), Germany (announced a cut from 350 to 225) and roughly in line with France (254 but with cuts possibly coming, since a review of their defence "strategy" is underway).
There will be a Yeomanry regiment in the Reserve mounted on Challenger, providing replacement crews.
Also, while detailed planning is still ongoing and official announcements are due later this year, the info i've collected suggests that the three Armoured, Reaction Brigades will be the 7th, 4th and 20th.
The current planning assumption include:
101 Logistic Brigade to be based in Grantham
102 Logistic Brigade to be based in Aldershot
1 Combat Support Logistic Regiment and 27 Theatre Logistic Regiment assigned to 4th Brigade, in Abington
12 Combat Support Logistic Regiment and 7 Theatre Logistic Regiment assigned to 20th Brigade, with 12 CSLR in Bicester and 7 TLR on the ex-RAF base at Cottersmore.
2 Combat Support Logistic Regiment and 10 Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment assigned to 7th Brigade, in Aldershot.
Each logistic regiment to have a squadron of reservists assigned in support.
The three Armoured Brigades will be supported by 3 Close Support artillery regiments (expected to be 1 Royal Horse Artillery, 19 Royal Artillery and 26 Royal Artillery) each with two batteries of AS90 self-propelled howitzers and one battery of GMLRS.
A Royal Artillery briefing has reported that, as of 2011, the range of the GMLRS has been increased, and point targets have been hit as far as 93 km away from the launching point.
In the US, the GMLRS+ has been demonstrated, with range reaching a figure as high as 130 km.
3 Royal Horse Artillery and 4 Royal Artillery will be part of the Adaptable Force, and will be equipped with the L118 Light Gun. It is possible that these two regiments will only have 2 batteries each. It is possible that the reserve element, in exchange, will expand on more batteries.
In the Royal Armoured Corps, currently the indications are for a future force composed as follows:
Queen's Royal Hussars;
King's Royal Hussars;
Royal Tank Regiment;
On Challenger II MBT and part of the 3 armoured brigades
Queen's Dragoon Guards;
On Jackal and in Light Cavalry role as part of the Adaptable Force
Royal Dragoon Guards;
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards;
On FRES SV as Recce regiments in the 3 armoured brigades.