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The British Army in Canada

The prairie of Alberta has provided an excellent opportunity for the British Army to train on a large scale since 1972. The British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) is an organisation situated on one of the most sparsely populated areas of the plain.


Battlegroup-sized training area

BATUS is equipped with in excess of 1000 vehicles including a full complement of Challenger 2 tanks and Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicles.

More than 400 permanent staff and 1000 temporary deployed staff provide highly demanding combined arms manoeuvre training for the armoured forces of the British Army and our allies.

The training area at BATUS is approximately 2,700 square kilometres. Armoured battlegroups, each containing approximately 1400 soldiers, conduct live firing and manoeuvred exercises at BATUS each year.


Tactical Effects Simulation

The training exercises, which run for about 30 days, are split into two phases - Live Fire and Tactical Effects Simulation (TES), then a second phase with a live enemy.

The TES system identifies when vehicles have been fired at and damaged or destroyed and also informs soldiers when they are being fired at and if hit what injuries they have sustained.

The duration of the exercises, and size of the training area, allow all elements of a combined arms battle group - infantry, armour, artillery, engineers, air defence, logistics and equipment support - to conduct realistic live firing training at all levels and to practice sustaining this activity over a long period of time.

BATUS facts

Explore equipment used


The Challenger 2 is an all-weather platform that can operate in the day or night and has a variety of weapons to destroy enemy vehicles and infantry.

Combat vehicles


Used in the reconnaissance role to find and mark targets to destroy. Equipped with their own anti-armour weapons, they can also pack a punch.

Combat vehicles