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Allies demonstrate capability

The British Army’s airborne forces are testing their ability to fight alongside mechanized infantry from key European and NATO allies.

16 Air Assault Brigade is deployed in command of a highly capable multinational force on the two-week long (20th Apr to 5th May 18) Exercise Joint Warrior on Salisbury Plain.

The force is made up of the 3 PARA Battlegroup - built around the airborne infantry of 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment bolstered by artillery, engineers, medics, signallers and logisticians.

The Danish Army’s II Panserinfanteribataljon Jydske Dragonregiment (2 JDR), a mechanised infantry battlegroup including Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian and Swedish troops; and Aviation Task Force 1, commanded by 4 Regiment Army Air Corps with Apache attack helicopters, Wildcat utility helicopters and RAF Chinook and Puma 2 transport helicopters.

Across the exercise, the force will practice using the air manoeuvre capabilities of 3 PARA and ATF-1 to support and enable 2 JDR operations on the ground.