Around 40 soldiers from the Royal Dragoon Guards took part in Exercise Hunter 22 in Lithuania, as part of a pre-planned bilateral exercise focusing on shared anti-tank capabilities.
Black Horse Troop, the British contribution to the US-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Poland, took part in the live fire exercise alongside their Lithuanian Army counterparts. This included training with Jackal and Coyote vehicles as well as NLAW and Javelin anti-tank weapons.
These two anti-tank systems have been employed by the British Army for several years and are a significant force-multiplier for lightly armoured troops.
The UK has a long-standing partnership with Lithuania and eight other nations as part of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF).
Established in 2014, the JEF is a concept that draws on a pool of high-readiness forces from the UK and like-minded partner nations to provide military options that respond rapidly in peacetime or crisis. The UK as the framework nation may activate a JEF deployment unilaterally or as part of a JEF coalition.
The UK fronts the JEF as the Framework Nation, working alongside nine partner nations; Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. The JEF has the potential to grow and develop key interoperability focus areas specifically assigned to each nation’s subject matter expertise and recent experiences.
The JEF is a key contribution to European security: ten nations stronger when working together; delivering forces at high readiness, across a range of roles; increasing capacity; and complementary to NATO and other European and global security arrangements.