More than 1,300 troops from 3rd (United Kingdom) Division are currently deployed to the United States in order to take part in ‘Exercise Warfighter’.

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dave12
dave12
6 months ago

Is that Alvis stormers in the picture?

Last edited 6 months ago by dave12
Heidfirst
Heidfirst
6 months ago
Reply to  dave12

isn’t it 432s?

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
6 months ago
Reply to  Heidfirst

Yes, looks like it.

dave12
dave12
6 months ago
Reply to  Heidfirst

432s?

Heidfirst
Heidfirst
6 months ago
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dave12
dave12
6 months ago
Reply to  Heidfirst

cheers I get that but its the turrets that led me to believe its stormers , is it a 50 cal upgrade?

Heidfirst
Heidfirst
6 months ago
Reply to  dave12

not a turret – it’s an external basket for stores etc.

dave12
dave12
6 months ago
Reply to  Heidfirst

ok cheers H I’ll shut up now lol.

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
6 months ago
Reply to  Heidfirst

Probably for the cam net etc

Graham
Graham
6 months ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

…and maybe Bergmann.

farouk
farouk
6 months ago
Reply to  Heidfirst

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Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
6 months ago
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Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
6 months ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

The French seem to be looking at new kit too.

French company Soframe has released details of its offering for the French Army’s new Véhicule Blindé d’Aide à l’Engagement (VBAE) light reconnaissance and support vehicle requirement.

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/soframe-reveals-mosaic-vehicle-aimed-at-frances-vbae-competition

Steve Ash
Steve Ash
6 months ago
Reply to  dave12

Bulldogs,

Airborne
Airborne
6 months ago
Reply to  Steve Ash

Yes methinks bulldog, look different without the bar armour.

dave12
dave12
6 months ago
Reply to  Steve Ash

Ahh right ,like what AB said look way different without the added armour ,still the turrets threw me.

Steve Ash
Steve Ash
6 months ago
Reply to  dave12

yep,,,

Dern
Dern
6 months ago
Reply to  dave12

The only vehicle I’m seeing with a turret is the Warrior.

Ian M.
Ian M.
5 months ago
Reply to  dave12

Nope, Bulldog (converted 432)

andy
andy
6 months ago

thought 20 armoured moved to Salisbury??

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
6 months ago
Reply to  andy

In the process of, or pretty much completed.
Will be garrisoned around SPTA with the other armoured brigades.

Steve Ash
Steve Ash
6 months ago
Reply to  andy

Bulford,

Steven Jenkinson-Cross
Steven Jenkinson-Cross
6 months ago
Reply to  andy

It has its now in Bulford it finished the move in 2019.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
6 months ago

It beginning to look like they may be needed somewhere else?

Russian Ground Troop Units and Iskander ballistic missiles identified at Ukrainian border by Janes
https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/russian-ground-troop-units-and-iskander-ballistic-missiles-identified-at-ukrainian-border-by-janes

Paul T
Paul T
6 months ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

Thr Build – up continues, it doesn’t look too good at the moment.

Andrew D
Andrew D
6 months ago
Reply to  Paul T

Putin always up to something ,he knows how to be a pain.

Nic
Nic
6 months ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

Who going to be left, with Army going to America ,the RAF deploying to over seas and the Navy going over seas .

Robert Blay.
Robert Blay.
6 months ago
Reply to  Nic

That’s what our Armed Force’s do. Deploy overseas.

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
6 months ago
Reply to  Nic

Only 1300 soldiers have gone to US for exercise; thats not the whole army!

Ross
Ross
6 months ago
Reply to  Nic

The sad fact is, and this isn’t directed at those in the armed forces personally, I seriously doubt the British Army (or RAF/RN) has the genuine warfighting mass/equipment to do much even if they were all closer to home.

Jonathan
Jonathan
6 months ago

Is he giving them a “this is the big red triangle “ talk ?

john melling
john melling
6 months ago

Bad timing for a high readiness Division to be faffing about in the US, a trip to to the Easter front may provide better training, the way things are looking!

Last edited 6 months ago by john melling
John Clark
John Clark
6 months ago
Reply to  john melling

Loving the sound of the Easter front John, a bit late, but we might just be able to beat the Russians in the big Easter egg hunt across the old bread basket of the Soviet Union….

john melling
john melling
6 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Could not help sliding in a terrible Easter \ Eastern pun

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
6 months ago
Reply to  john melling

Not the whole of 3 Div in the US – only 1300 troops – looks like most of a Div HQ & Sig Regt and command elements of 7 Inf Bde. Looks like a cross between a CPX and a FTX – we used to call them CFX, I think.

David
David
6 months ago

https://www.economist.com/europe/2021/03/31/the-french-armed-forces-are-planning-for-high-intensity-war Posted the above in a reply to Farouk yesterday. Given the latest Defence review and the reduction in tanks, is anyone else concerned that the French might be seeing things a tad differently to our good selves? Should Brit Boxer a la Latvian IFV and Lithuanian Boxer, fit Spike / atgm in addition to auto cannon? Should something kick off in the Ukraine, memories of Op Bagration should spring to mind – how long did the Sovs take to take Berlin from circa Stalingrad? And should it kick off in Ukraine, Slovakia, sans any armour, good tank country, would… Read more »

Alex
Alex
6 months ago

A very good time to deploy the only combat division at operational readiness 6000+ miles away from where they could be required to deploy.
Perhaps Exercise War fighter could be carried out in the Ukraine.
A greater test of logistical support.

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
6 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Not the whole of 3 Div in the US – only 1300 troops – looks like most of a Div HQ & Sig Regt and command elements of 7 Inf Bde. Looks like a cross between a CPX and a FTX – we used to call them CFX, I think.

Alex
Alex
6 months ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

Was it not called TEWT’s (Tactical Exercise Without Troops. Saved fortunes on ammo and fuel but gave C&C elements a fair work out.

Graham
Graham
5 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I am trying to remember if CPX replaced TEWT as a term for the same thing. I joined in 1975 and nobody said TEWT.

Stephen Hamblen
Stephen Hamblen
5 months ago

It’s funny to read about Carleton Smith as the chief of general staff, I remember him as Brigade Commander of the Air Assault Brigade in Afghan, 2008. The author said then that Carleton Smith was very politically astute as well as a very good CO and that he would go far!! It’s no surprise then that he’s right at the top of the British Army.

Graham
Graham
5 months ago

I too remember him as Comd 16x. He was such a serious man, but straight as a die, massively competent and confident. I was surprised he seemed as CGS to favour large reductions to the tank fleet, when our main threat is from Russia.