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The Invicta Gunners

Rapier Field Standard C firing

Air Defence Regiment

We are 16th Regiment Royal Artillery, an Air Defence Regiment which operates the Army's only short range, highly sophisticated Rapier Field Standard C surface to air missile system. It is a 24 hour, all weather guided missile system with the primary role of providing Air Defence protection against fast jets, helicopters, Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), and cruise missiles.

Air Defence

Rapier can fly missiles at three times the speed of sound and engage two targets simultaneously. Rapier FSC Field Standard C (FSC) is compact, mobile and transportable by trailer or under slung below helicopters and inside transportation aircraft. The system is extremely versatile, suitable for worldwide operations and capable of operating in arctic and desert environments.

Battlespace Management

In Afghanistan men and women of the Regiment are deployed in small teams operating battlespace management systems. Long range communication provides coordination for close air support aircraft and helicopters.

Base Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance

The Regiment has assisted a sister Artillery Regiment in providing soldiers to 5th Regiment Royal Artillery in its capability. Here they provide an intimate FIND function to the individual bases in Helmand province.


The Regiment is located at St Georges Barracks, North Luffenham, Rutland, LE15 8RL in the Midlands close to Rutland Water but maintains close links with London and Kent from where it recruits.
St Georges Barracks is 6 miles from the A1 Great North road and is a 30 minute journey from both Peterborough and Leicester with good rail links to London and the South.

16 Regiment firing Rapier You Tube video

British Army soldiers as young as 18 are using one of the Army's most sophisticated missile systems to target unmanned aircraft off the Outer Hebrides.

16 Regiment Royal Artillery are on the islands to train and hone their skills in readiness for their deployment to the Falklands later this year. Rapier provides the Army with a surface to air capability designed to disable incoming missile attack and enemy air strikes.

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