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The role of Armour is to fix and destroy the enemy through shock action - the sudden, concentrated application of violence. Armour is the epitome of offensive spirit and the presence of Main Battle Tanks provides a psychological and physical edge in close combat operations.

British Armour regiments are equipped with 56 of the formidable and combat proven Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks. These provide Britain’s only guaranteed 24-hour, all weather, mobile, protected, direct fire anti-tank capability. The regiments have their own reconnaissance troop, mounted in 8 CVR(T) Scimitar, who operate covertly ahead of the tanks to find the enemy for subsequent destruction.

Armour regiments

The Queen’s Royal Hussars (QRH)

The QRH are currently based in Sennelager, Germany. They will move to Tidworth, Wiltshire to co-locate with the other 2 Armour Regiments in 2018. They are part of the Reactive Force and support 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade. The QRH traditionally recruit from the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Surrey, Sussex and Northern Ireland and can trace their history back to 1685.

The King’s Royal Hussars (KRH)

Based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, the KRH are part of the Reactive Force and support 12 Armoured Infantry Brigade. The KRH traditionally recruit from Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Hampshire and can trace their history back to 1715.

The Royal Tank Regiment (RTR)

Based at Tidworth, Wiltshire, the RTR are part of the Reactive Force and support 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade. In addition to the Armour role, a squadron from the RTR mounted in armoured vehicles provides the British Army’s specialist Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Armoured Area Survey and Reconnaissance capability. The RTR traditionally recruit from Dumfries and Galloway, Merseyside, London, Kent, Avon, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. As the Heavy Branch Machine Gun Corps, the RTR was the first armoured unit in the world, created specifically to man tanks, a British invention, in 1916.

Reserves - The Royal Wessex Yeomanry (RWxY)

The RWxY Armoured Reserve Regiment, provides trained Challenger 2 crews to reinforce the 3 Regular Armour regiments. Personnel complete the same training on the vehicle as their Regular counterparts and join them for exercises and operations around the world.

The RWxY has squadrons located in Gloucestershire (Cirencester with a detachment at Hereford), Wiltshire (Swindon and Salisbury), Dorset (Bovington) and Devon (Exeter). The Regimental Headquarters is located at Bovington, the home of the Royal Armoured Corps. The RWxY are one of only 2 Reserve units in the British Army’s high readiness Reactive Force and the only Reserve unit in the British Army to train on the Main Battle Tank.

Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank

The 65 ton Challenger 2 (CR2) Main Battle Tank (MBT) is one of the most formidable tanks in the world. CR2 with its four man crew, outstanding protection and ability to travel at speeds in excess of 45kph across almost any terrain, packs a tremendous punch with its 120mm main armament and two 7.62mm machine guns.

Capable of firing out to ranges in excess of 2,000m its main armament gives it the power to hit an enemy first time, every time. The armoured regiments' tanks provide the punch to deliver the decisive blow in battle.

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