FLY, FIGHT, LEAD

1st Aviation Brigade Combat Team

SPEED, REACH, LETHALITY

1st Aviation Brigade Combat Team (BCT) harnesses the speed, reach and lethality of Combat Aviation to seize, retain and exploit the initiative to gain and maintain a position of relative advantage. 

About 1st Aviation Brigade Combat Team

Facts and Figures

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Formed

1 April 2020

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Personnel

2,700+

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Aircraft

92

Who We Are

We provide the Army with deployable and scalable aviation Command and Control at readiness:

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Deliver combat aviation forces for assigned operations, Defence Activity other than Operations and sub-threshold competition
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Provide scalable and agile multi-domain Command and Control capable of integrating with both National and Allied formations at Divisional, Corps and Joint Force level
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Generate, project and sustain forces for directed readiness

Major Global Activity

2022/2023

  • Ex Spring Storm, Ex Hedgehog - Estonia
  • Op Peleda, Ex Iron Wolf, Ex Sabre Strike- Lithuania
  • Ex Clockwork, Ex JEF Warrior - Norway
  • Ex Swift Response - North Macedonia
  • Ex Cerberus - Land Regional Hub (LRH)(Germany)
  • Ex Khanjar Oman - LRH (Oman)
  • Ex Warfighter - Texas, USA
  • Ex Chameleon - UK & Sweden
  • Ex Cobra Warrior - UK
  • Ex Orthrus- UK
  • Ex Wessex Storm - Salisbury Plain, UK
  • Ex Pegasus Amarante - UK/LRH (Germany)
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Brigade Support Group

The Brigade Support Group (BSG) delivers second-line Combat Service Support to 1 Avn BCT. 7 Aviation Support Battalion REME will form the nucleus of the BSG, integrating regular Equipment Support capabilities with reserve logistic, medical and tri-service specialist capabilities.

  • Reach: The BSG is able to support the BCT from sea or air to first-line on land. 
  • Size: The BSG can be scaled to be appropriate to the deployment; it can be up to 800 personnel, occupying an area of up to 6km².
  • Key Strengths:
    • Specialist knowledge of aviation Combat Service Support
    • Assurance required in materiel supply
    • Supply of bulk ammunition and fuel demanded by the BCT
    • Stability required for equipment support

Timeline

  1. 1 April 2020

    1 Aviation Brigade Formed

  2. 1 April 2021

    Initial Operating Capability (IOC)

    • At the minimum level at which the capability is usefully deployable.
  3. 1 October 2022

    1st Aviation Brigade re-designated to 1st Aviation Brigade Combat Team

    • The Brigade Combat Team will integrate specialist capabilities more routinely at lower level than previously, creating self-sufficient tactical units more capable of working with partners across government, allies and industry. 
  4. 1 April 2023

    Full Operating Capability (FOC)

    • Following Headquarters validation on Ex Cerberus 22.
    • Attained all units in force structure, as per Future Soldier Structure.
    • The ability to employ & maintain all aspects.

Our Locations

  • 1st Aviation Brigade Combat Team HQ

    Middle Wallop

  • 1 Regiment AAC

    RNAS Yeovilton

  • 3 Regiment AAC

    Wattisham Flying Station

  • 4 Regiment AAC

    Wattisham Flying Station

  • 5 Regiment AAC

    Aldergrove

  • 6 Regiment AAC

    Reserves

    Headquarters - Bury St Edmunds

  • 7 Aviation Sp Bn REME

    Wattisham Flying Station

Our Aircraft

Apache Attack Helicopter

Elite Fleet The Apache attack helicopter can operate in all weathers, day or night and detect, classify and prioritise up to 256 potential targets in a matter of seconds.

Aircraft

Wildcat Mk1

Role Range of tasks include on the battlefield including reconnaissance, command and control, transportation of troops and material, and the provision of force protection

Aircraft

Gazelle

Design The Gazelle is small and agile in nature, and has an unparalleled visibility from the cockpit

Aircraft

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UK and US helicopters show their Swift Response

UK and US helicopters have been finding and striking targets and lifting paratroopers and equipment into action together on Exercise Swift Response.

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Supplying the Army's new Apaches on the battlefield

The basic soldiering skills that underpin the capabilities of the British Army's new Apache AH-64E attack helicopter have been tested on demanding live fire training.