The Queen’s Royal Hussars (The Queen’s Own and Royal Irish) (QRH) Battlegroup on Exercise Prairie Tempest.
The exercise is a combined arms integrated Battlegroup Tactical Effects Simulation (TES) exercise with Challenger 2 tanks and Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle and dismounted troops fighting in trenches, urban environment as well as conventional armoured warfare all part of Exercise Prairie Storm 3, 2016 at the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS), Canada.
In support of QRH and their Challenger 2 tanks was B Company’s from 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (Queen’s and Royal Hampshires) (1 PWRR) and 5th Battalion The Rifles (5 RIFLES) providing the Armoured Infantry companies, and combat engineers from 35 Engineer Regiment (35 Engr Regt) providing obstacle clearing and bridge laying capability for the heavy vehicles and assisting the dismounted troops.
Various elements from The Royal Regiment of Artillery (RA) was in support of the battlegroup with many different capabilities. Fire support was provided and controlled by 26th Regiment Royal Artillery (26 Regt RA) using AS90, 16th Regiment Royal Artillery (16 Regt RA) conducted air defence using Stormer firing High Velocity Missiles (HVM) and 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery (32 Regt RA) provided an search capability using Dessert Hawk 3, an unmanned aerial vehicle.
The TES phase of the exercise will place over 10 days and is the final test for the battlegroup during Exercise Prairie Storm 3, 2016 and covered the entire length of the British Army’s largest training area in the world in, and is equivalent in size to the combined area all of the main training areas used by British Army in the UK and in Europe; Salisbury Plain Training Area would fit in 7 times over.
Photographer – Cpl Mark Webster (RLC Phot)