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Soldiers hone anti-tank skills in Northumberland

A range of combat units from across the British Army spent a day on Otterburn Training Area destroying targets using missiles.

The 3rd Battalion, The Rifles (3 RIFLES) were joined by the Household Cavalry Regiment (HCR), the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, and the 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, in the picturesque countryside.

Soldiers used the Javelin and Next Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon (NLAW) to knock out targets simulated by the discarded hulls of old armoured vehicles.

Serjeant McBride, of 3 RIFLES, said: “The personnel did a cadre early on in the year. What we’re doing here is validation training. We put that training to the test so they can fire the weapon system.”

A total of 12 Javelin missiles were fired, along with 18 Next Generation Light Anti-tank Weapons (NLAW), and soldiers were guided through the drills by an expert team of instructors.

More experienced operators within the firing details, such as Lance Corporal of Horse Godsmark of the HCR, also provided helpful advice to junior troops.

The Javelin has a maximum range of 2,500m while the NLAW can hit targets up to 600m away.

Both form a critical part of the offensive capability of combat arms and are a force multiplier on the mechanised battlefield.