The Royal Armoured Corps

TACTICAL AND TECHNICAL EXPERTS IN MOUNTED MANOEUVRE

The Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) provides the armour capability of the British Army. It combines speed, momentum, firepower and reconnaissance capabilities with armoured fighting vehicles such as the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank and Jackal Fighting Vehicle.

Facts & Figures

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Active From

4 April 1939

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Role

Armoured Corps

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Specialism

Fighting Vehicles

Our Skills

We are physically and mentally prepared to succeed in complex and continually changing conditions, determined to seize and exploit fleeting opportunities and tactical and technical experts in all forms of mounted manoeuvre, from horses to tanks.

  • Armour
  • Armoured Cavalry
  • Light Cavalry
  • Ceremonial

Current Deployment

Our Regiments are serving in different countries around the world.

Our People

We have a strong ethos that enables our officers and soldiers to exploit the capabilities of their fighting vehicles and the speed of manoeuvre to outwit, outfight and outlast the enemy through shock action and reconnaissance.

Our Location

Home of the Royal Armoured Corps.

Bovington Garrison (including Lulworth) is the point of origin of the RAC.

Get direction

Each member of the crew contributes to the Commander's situational awareness. Johno, 22

The Regiments of the Royal Armoured Corps form the core of the British Army’s Mounted Close Combat capability.

The 10 Regular and 4 Reserve Regiments are descendants of the famous Cavalry Regiments who rode into battle on horseback and of the Royal Tank Regiment, who manned the very first tanks during the Great War (World War 1).

As one of the two Combat Arms, along with the Infantry, they are primarily focused on close combat through “closing with and destroying the enemy”.

Their core roles are Armour, Armoured Cavalry and Light Cavalry, as well as the ceremonial duties carried out by the Regiments of the Household Cavalry.

The Regiments of the Royal Armoured Corps are descendants of the famous Cavalry Regiments who rode into battle on horseback as heavy or light horsemen; and of the Royal Tank Regiment who manned the first tanks during the Great War.

  1. 1939

    The Corps was created by combining Cavalry units and the Royal Tank Corps (renamed Royal Tank Regiment).

  2. 1939-1944

    As other Cavalry and Yeomanry units became mechanised, the Corps was enlarged.

  3. 1944

    The Reconnaissance Corps was absorbed into the Royal Armoured Corps.

  4. 1978

    HQ Armour Centre Opened

  5. Today

    The Corps has 14 Regiments, 10 Regular and 4 Reserve.

HOW FAR CAN DRIVING TAKE YOU IN THE ARMY - TANK CREW

Equipment

Challenger 2 Tank

331 Challenger 2 main battle tanks currently in active service

Combat vehicles

Warrior

388 Warrior infantry fighting vehicles currently in active service

Combat vehicles

Bulldog & FV430 series

409 Bulldog & FV430 series currently in active service

Combat vehicles

Jackal 2

Rapid Jackal 2 is a high mobility weapons platform, with a unique air-bag suspension system allowing rapid movement across varying terrain

Reconnaissance vehicles

Coyote TSV

6x6 Extra two wheels gives a heavier vehicle, which can act in support of the Jackal 2 to transport supplies and equipment over similar terrain

Reconnaissance vehicles

Panther

Up in the air Weighing 7-tonnes, the Panther is air transportable and can be underslung beneath a Chinook helicopter.

Protected patrol vehicles

SCIMITAR ARMOURED RECONNAISSANCE VEHICLE

Agile The Scimitar armoured fighting vehicle's exceptionally low ground pressure and small size make it useful where the terrain is hostile and movement is difficult

Reconnaissance vehicles

Wolfhound

TSV This heavy-armoured truck is part of the Tactical Support Vehicles (TSV) group along with the Husky and the Coyote.

Protected patrol vehicles

RWMIK Land Rover

800km The RWMIK has the capacity to support itself and its crew over 800km.

Protected patrol vehicles