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OPERATING IN AN ERA OF CONSTANT COMPETITION

The British Army remains a tier one military that is useful and useable now and in the future. ACPD19 aims to inform, demonstrate audiences and showcase the capability of its people and equipment. This year, we welcome 1st (UK) Strike Brigade at the Prototype Warfare stand as well as the Enablement, Warfighting, Information Manoeuvre and Land Special Operations and Interactive stands.

Enablement

What enables the Army to survive, move and fight?

Sustainment! It’s the business of maintaining a force by enhancing its capability and resilience, including logistics, equipment support, medical provision, policing and administration. Combat Service Support is the organisation that provides that sustainment support provided to our deployed forces.

Effective sustainment requires close cooperation across the Combined Joint Inter-agency Intra-governmental and Multinational Arena. This stand demonstrates some of the Army’s capabilities enabling the entry of a Division into theatre and sustaining it across the full range of tactical functions. An armoured division consumes vast quantities of supplies; only a whole force approach allows it to keep going for prolonged periods of time.

How does the Army get into a new theatre of operations?

104 Logistic Brigade commands specialist Combat Service Support units within 1(UK)Div. It generates enabling capabilities for the deployed force whilst enabling theatre entry.

The Theatre Enabling Group (TEG) provides a flexible, scalable and modular theatre-enabling capability, task-organised, including command and control nodes, at Very High Readiness and proven to meet fixed and responsive tasks worldwide and tactically enable the Joint Force in the Land environment. The TEG’s role is to SET, OPEN, SUSTAIN and CLOSE an operational Theatre. They establish a Sea Port of Disembarkation (SPOD) and/or an Air Port of Disembarkation (APOD).

At the SPOD, 17 Port and Maritime Regiment provides the ship to shore capability for Defence moving vehicles, equipment and people onto anything from a beach to a well-established port. At an APOD airhead operations are commanded by the air component but remain a joint activity. The APOD and SPOD allow the establishment of the Joint Support Area.

Information Manoeuvre & Land Special Operations

6 (UK) Division overview

6 (UK) Division’s role is evolving. They aim to prepare, generate and command forces for both constant competition and warfighting; routinely conducting operations below the threshold of armed conflict in the virtual, physical and cognitive dimensions. This is in order to provide Army and Defence with the tools to proactively, persistently and pervasively compete in the Grey Zone under defence permissions or in support of wider HMG objectives.

6 (UK) Division Subordinate Units

  • 1 ISR Brigade provides the Army’s Intelligence and Reconnaissance capability including Cyber, Electronic Warfare, Surveillance and Target Acquisition, Unmanned Aerial Systems and Military Intelligence. It has deployable Headquarters which commands the Divisional Information Manoeuvre capability.
  • 77 Brigade, a combined Regular and Reserve unit, challenge the difficulties of modern warfare using non-lethal engagement and legitimate non-military levers as a means to adapt behaviours of the opposing forces and adversaries.
  • The Specialised Infantry Group consists of Specialised Infantry Battalions who are trained, structured and equipped to work alongside chosen Partner Forces. They increase the Army’s contribution to countering terrorism and building stability overseas. This supports the UK efforts to protect Global Influence and deter threats.
  • 1 (UK) Signal Brigade delivers a secure information environment enabling inter-governmental and multinational forces to work together and exploit information to ensure UK defence and NATO remain a step ahead of the adversary wherever we are.
  • 11 Signal Brigade delivers military communications and other capabilities across the spectrum of conflict whilst assuring and protecting our tactical networks from the enemy. This enables the British Army to understand, shape, deter and disrupt.

Warfighting

Contemporary Operating Environment

The British Army continues to prepare for the future threat of traditional state-on-state conflict. However, ever more prevalent is the threat from state-sponsored terror attacks including the use of proxies, cyber-attacks, and extremist non-state actors who seek to exploit military capabilities up to and including weapons of mass effect. These threats will be driven by global trends including population growth, migration, increasing demand for resources, climate change and fast-changing technologies. All of which will take place in full view of the global media, general public and our adversaries, through the global connections enabled by new technologies including social media.

In all operations, the force’s response must be human-centric. It must be able to project force into these complex and congested environments, including the urban and littoral, whilst minimising collateral damage. The ability to rapidly change force profile, differentiate between enemy threats and civilian actors and maintain control of the narrative are all vital to success of the operation.

The Armoured Infantry Battlegroup

3rd (UK) Division contains two Armoured Infantry Brigades, each with two Armoured and two Armoured Infantry Battlegroups. These manoeuvre units are supported by various intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and fires assets, which form a Combined Arms capability able to achieve decisive effects in the contemporary operating environment.

At ACPD19, there will be a Company Group based around A Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, comprising three platoons of Armoured Infantry, equipped with the Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle, an attached troop of Challenger 2 tanks from B Squadron, King’s Royal Hussars, and an Armoured Engineer Troop from 26 Engineer Regiment.

Prototype Warfare

Prototype Warfare

Another response to the evolving threat is our concept of Prototype Warfare.  Put simply, Prototype Warfare is a pathway to deliberately enable research, innovation, experimentation, demonstration then delivery – rapidly.    It Encourages and empowers local commanders to take calculated risks and with a higher than normal tolerance for failure.  It is an opportunity designed to secure competitive advantage via trial and error and adaptation. 

Prototype Warfare will be supported by the Army Rapid Innovation and Experimentation Laboratory, ARIEL, which brings new, novel approaches into the Land force by nurturing the ideas of our people.  ARIEL acts as the Army's solutions accelerator, allowing us to realise the imperative to be an agile and adaptable force, exploiting opportunities and overcoming challenges at the pace that todays threat demands.  ARIEL aims to bring expertise and cutting-edge technologies into direct contact with Army users, empowering our people to act as a catalyst for change and unlocking their potential to explore novel approaches to supporting Army operations. ARIEL supports this essential innovation activity by challenging perceived barriers to the rapid prototyping and exploitation of new capabilities, and opening routes into our defence innovation fund so that seedling concepts can flourish.

1 (UK) Strike Brigade

Purpose

A Medium Force that enables Divisional and Joint Operational Manoeuvre, making UK Forces more competitive and able to win.

What it does

  • Marches Independently at reach to provide alternative options for the Division and Joint Force Commander
  • Disperses and concentrates rapidly to cover a larger battlespace
  • Exploits combinations of wheeled and tracked vehicles with Infantry Mass to achieve decisive effect in Complex Terrain

How it does it

  • Speed of assembly
  • Self-reliance to operate independently at reach and range
  • Agility to seize the initiative and generate tempo
  • Logistical Efficiency

Interactive Event Stands

Divisional Artillery Group

Royal Artillery (RA) capabilities on display at ACPD19 include:

  • AS90; an armoured self-propelled 155mm L131 artillery system.
  • L118 Light Gun; a 105 mm towed howitzer.
  • Multi Launch Rocket System (MLRS); an armoured, self-propelled rocket system.
  • Exactor 2; an integrated precision fires capability.
  • High Velocity Missile (HVM) Stormer; an armoured short-range air defence system.

Aviation

The Joint Helicopter Command operates a range of helicopter and UAS platforms that together deliver Aviation Manoeuvre in the Land Environment. Many of these capabilities are on display at ACPD19 and crews will be able to give visitors a rich understanding of how they contribute to both current operations and prepare for the full spectrum of future conflict and UK resilience.

The Military Provost Staff

The Military Provost Staff (MPS) are the Army’s dedicated Detention Specialists providing a unique, necessary and distinct capability in the detention of service persons and captured persons (CPERS) on operations.

Royal Military Police Close Protection

Close Protection is the preventative and reactive measures taken by trained personnel to protect a person who is specifically or generally at threat from assassination, kidnapping or other illegal acts.