Air Defence Regiment
106 (Yeomanry) Regiment is a truly unique unit within the Royal Artillery, not only is it the Army's only reserve Air Defence Regiment, but it is the only one with the mixed capabilities of Rapier FSC and HVM making it the most versatile Regiment of its type.
Anti Aircraft Firing Units
Based in London but with units on the South Coast and the Midlands , 106 Regiment provides reinforcements such as Anti Aircraft Firing Units to Regular Army regiments in times of need.
Rapier FSC Launcher
The launcher is the business end of RAPIER FSC holding 8 missiles. It can be deployed independently with one CCU to engage aircraft and it contains the thermo-optical sight for real time thermal video feed.
Rapier Tracker Radar
The tracker radar is an independent tracker that can track, lock on and guide a missile to a target with outstanding accuracy (99.9% hit rate). It can also be set on its own independent search pattern to look for targets.
Rapier Surveillance Radar
The surveillance radar sends a real time overhead picture to the CCUs. Displaying up to 75 potential targets it can interrogate them all and recognises friendly or hostile aircraft.
All the elements of Rapier work together to form a Fire Unit with impressive capabilities.
Command and Control Units (CCUs)
The CCUs allow the operators to control all operations of the system with simple menu options. They display a thermal picture from the launcher and an overhead radar picture from the surveillance radar.
The missiles come in 2 variants; both missiles travel at over 2 times the speed of sound and look very similar. The mark 2A is a hittile with just a simple explosive that will detonate when coming in to contact with a target. The mark 2B has a proximity fuse and detonates when near the target, showering the immediate area with over 1000 tungsten cubes which will shred any target.
High Velocity Missile Lightweight Multiple Launcher (HVM LML)
HVM LML is a man portable Close Air Defence Weapon System used to counter the threat posed by low level air attacks on specified targets on the battlefield. The Weapon System is operated by a detachment of 3 who are inserted onto the battlefield by helicopter, foot or Pinzgauer. The Missile has a maximum range of 5.5km and travels at a speed of Mach 3.5.
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