Paratroopers have demonstrated the firepower that they could bring to bear during combat missions as the British Army’s global response force, say the British Army.
According to the British Army:
“As the culmination of a course in support weapons skills, paratroopers staged a firepower demonstration on Salisbury Plain. A fast-moving scenario saw an advancing force of enemy armoured vehicles engaged and defeated with Javelin and NLAW anti-tank missiles, 81mm mortar, Grenade Machine Guns, Heavy Machine Guns and General Purpose Machine Guns.
Paratroopers opened fire from both ground positions and while moving in RWMIK patrol vehicles.
Firing into the weekend like…💥
A paratrooper fires an NLAW anti-tank missile during @TheParachuteReg Support Weapons Cadre on Salisbury Plain, teaching soldiers the tactical awareness and practical skills to fire and maintain mortars, machine guns and missiles. pic.twitter.com/IKTNKXZtas
— 16 Air Assault Brigade Combat Team (@16AirAssltBCT) November 19, 2021
The five-week-long Support Weapons Cadres trained soldiers from Colchester-based 2nd and 3rd Battalions The Parachute Regiment to serve in their unit’s specialist Machine gun, Mortar and Anti-tanks platoons.”
Soldiers were taught the practical skills to fire and maintain weapons in the field, and how to use firepower in different tactical scenarios.
According to the British Army website, The Parachute Regiment is the airborne infantry regiment of the British Army. The 1st Battalion is permanently under the command of the Director Special Forces in the Special Forces Support Group.
“The other battalions are the parachute infantry component of the British Army’s rapid response formation, 16 Air Assault Brigade. Paratroopers are trained to conduct a range of missions, from prevention and pre-emption tasks, to complex, high intensity war fighting. Watchwords are professionalism, resilience, discipline, versatility, courage and self-reliance.”