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The Hampshire & Sussex Gunners

We are one of two Regiments in the Royal Artillery who provide the British Army's 'eye in the sky' in support of Land Forces on operations. Desert Hawk III is a small man-portable UAS surveillance system which provides essential day and night aerial video reconnaissance.

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47 Regiment RA - Watchkeeper

Miniature & Tactical Unmanned Air Systems (MUASs & TUASs)

47 Regiment Royal Artillery are equipped with the Mini Unmanned Air Systems (MUAS), Desert Hawk III, and Watchkeeper, the Tactical Unmanned Air Systems (TUAS).

We are one of two Regiments in the Royal Artillery who provide the British Army's 'eye in the sky' in support of Land Forces on operations. Desert Hawk III is a small man-portable UAS surveillance system which provides essential day and night aerial video reconnaissance.

It has a flight time of approximately one hour and can fly almost anywhere within a 15 km radius of its ground control station usually based on the front line with the Infantry.

The TUAS has a deep battlefield surveillance capability, which can operate for up to 14 hours with a reach out to 150km. TUAS also beams back real time video footage by day and night.

As a specialised unit, 47 Regiment Royal Artillery trains its soldiers to plan and fly missions, process live video feeds for intelligence gathering purposes, and maintain the DH III equipment. The Regiment is the lead on bringing the Watchkeeper system into service and after a successful deployment in Afghanistan, continues training and development of the system, including live flying in the UK.

MUASs and TUASs

Desert Hawk III

Desert Hawk III is a small man-portable UAS surveillance system which provides essential day and night aerial video reconnaissance.
Desert Hawk III - With a flight time of approximately one hour can fly almost anywhere within a 15 km radius of its ground control station usually based on the front line with the Infantry.

Desert Hawk

Watchkeeper

Watchkeeper provides intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability. This it conducts from an operating altitude of up to 16,000 ft, for duration of 1616 hours. The air vehicle is capable of carrying a range of sensors including day and night cameras and surveillance radars and transmits to ground troops

Watchkeeper has successfully deployed in Afghanistan and continues its development with live flying in the south of England and Wales.

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47 Regiment's Batteries

31 (HQ) Battery

Formed at Woolwich on the 1st March 1755 on the authority of a Royal Warrant dated 12th Feb the same year. 

In 1991 the battery was involved in the First Gulf War; a captured Iraqi ZPU-4 was displayed outside the battery lines which had been liberated from this period.

We provide command, logistical and training support to, 47 Regiment RA. 

Personnel have represented the Regiment, Royal Artillery and Army in various sports and adventurous training in both the UK and overseas.

31 Battery

10 (Assaye) Battery

The Assaye elephant badge was later awarded to the Regiments that fought in the Battle of Assaye.

Our new role is Integrated Unmanned Air Systems (IUAS), taking on the role of Miniature Unmanned Air Systems (MUAS), using a system known as Desert Hawk 3 (DH3), a hand launched system controlled by a detachment of 3 producing a operationally proven organic surveillance asset.

10 Battery

21 (Gibraltar 1779-83) Air Assault Bty

In 2012 the battery was re-designated as an IUAS (Integrated Unmanned Air Systems Battery).  We retrained on the Tactical UA systems (Hermes 450) and MUAS (T-Hawk), with many of the battery being deployed to California and Jordan in order to conduct Role specific training.

In June 2014 the battery was the first from 47th Regiment to move from their long-time home at Thorney Island to Larkhill.  The battery are now settled into their new home and are providing permanent MUAS support to 16 Brigade.

21 Battery

43 Battery (Lloyds Company)

In the summer of 1815, the battery deployed on the Battle of Waterloo, Lloyd’s Company was deployed in the front line, near the small town of Waterloo. The Battle began at 11:00 am and lasted all day.

The battery is currently very busy supporting the Watchkeeper Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) programme and has been tasked with the operational deployment of Watchkeeper Tactical UAS, flight trials, development and subsequent training at MOD Boscombe Down near Salisbury Plain.

43 Battery

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