The British Army recently demonstrated its expeditionary capabilities on Exercise KHANJAR OMAN 19 (KO19) in the Middle East, with members of 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade working alongside the Royal Army of Oman.
According to the British Army in a news release, the Royal Tank Regiment with supporting units deployed an armoured battlegroup, consisting of Challenger 2 main battle tanks and Warrior infantry fighting vehicles to the Ras Madrakah training area.
“The crews operating the Challenger 2 have been using experimental tactics during a series of challenging missions, all whilst working across long distances in extreme temperatures. Throughout the exercise Command Troop have been establishing and maintaining radio communications by operating radio rebroadcast equipment from the middle of the desert.
The expansive and complex training area, which is larger than Salisbury Plain and BATUS in Canada, has presented plenty of challenges to the troop.”
Soldiers from 659 Squadron, 1 Army Air Corps (1AAC), are providing Wildcat helicopters for the exercise; in reconnaissance and medical evacuation roles. Simultaneously they are delivering a Desert Environmental Training Package, to prove the Squadron’s capability in all environments.