Gurkhas have demonstrated the firepower they can bring to bear as part of the rapid reaction force, say the British Army.
In a news release, the British Army say that the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles’ Anti-Tank Platoon opened fire with Javelin and Next Generation Light Anti-tank Weapon (NLAW) missiles on a wind-swept Salisbury Plain as the culmination of a training package for soldiers joining the platoon.
“The two high-tech weapon systems are intended to give infantry on the ground the capability to destroy tanks and lightly armoured vehicles, but also provide an all-weather, day or night capability against fixed positions such as bunkers and buildings.
Javelin and NLAW are the most potent and precise weapons carried by 1RGR in their current role as lead infantry battlegroup in the Air Assault Task Force, which is held ready to deploy anywhere in the world at short notice to conduct the full range of military operations.”
According to the British Army website, all Gurkha soldiers are recruited in Nepal.
The Royal Gurkha Rifles currently have a jungle role Battalion permanently based in Brunei and a Light Role Battalion in the UK as part of 16 Air Assault Brigade.
All Officers are expected to speak Nepali and will attend a language course in Nepal. The Gurkhas have only been eligible for the Victoria Cross since 1911. During this time 26 have been awarded, 13 to British Officers and 13 to Gurkha Soldiers.