The Yorkshire Regiment
Commanded by Lt Col Tim Exton, the 1st Battalion is based ‘at home’ in Catterick, North Yorkshire with over 20 years’ experience of armoured infantry capability and currently equipped with Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicles. After a gruelling 8- month over-winter deployment in Estonia in 2018/19, 1 YORKS moved as a unit, back ‘home’ to Yorkshire from Warminster in Wiltshire, for the first time in 17 years.
In recent months, soldiers from 1 YORKS deployed to lead and deliver the Mass Testing initiative in Liverpool, and over 150 of Yorkshire’s Infantry also deployed to the West Midlands NHS, providing essential help to our friends and colleagues in the NHS. Early next year, 1 YORKS will have 150 soldiers deployed on exercise in Europe. The battalion was proud to represent the British Army at the funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore, providing the Bearer Party, Honour Guard and Firing Party for one of the most revered members of our veteran community.
Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle
1YORKS main Armoured Fighting Vehicle. Warrior has the speed and perfomance to keep up with Challenger 2 main battle tanks as part of an armoured battlegroup. Warrior can operate over difficult terrain and has the firepower and armour to support Infantry in an assault. Each Warrior has a crew of 3 and can carry a section of 7 fully armed, dismounting soldiers.
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.
Scimitar carries a 30mm Rarden cannon for self-defence. It is used by reconnaissance regiments of the Royal Armoured Corps and 'recce' elements of the armoured infantry.
FV 430 Bulldog (Armoured Fighting Vehicle)
he FV 430 family of armoured vehicles entered service with the British Army in the 1960s, but regular maintenance and improvements including a new power train have enabled this old workhorse to remain in service into the 21st Century.
The FV432 can be converted for use in water, when it has a speed of 6km/h. Properly maintained, it is a rugged and reliable vehicle with a good cross country performance.
FV 430 variants remain in service with the infantry, as command vehicles, 81mm mortar carriers, ambulances and recovery vehicles.
A recent upgrade programme has seen the delivery of over 100 uparmoured and upgraded FV430 troop carriers (Bulldog). Mechanised infantry use the Bulldog APC as a form of protected mobility to move around the battlefield. Bulldog offers protection against small arms and artillery fire and provides good strategic and cross-country mobility.
For counter-insurgency operations the up-armoured FV430 provides a similar level of protection to Warrior and the vehicle is able to carry out many of the same tasks as Warrior, thereby relieving the pressure on heavily committed Warrior vehicles in armoured infantry battlegroups.
Javelin Anti-Tank Weapon
Javelin, the medium range anti-tank guided weapon replacement for Milan, is an enhanced version of the American weapon proven on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan by US forces.
The UK version has two significant enhancements - a more effective sight system and a tripod, for firing and observation. Javelin delivers longer range, greater lethality, significantly more powerful optics and a lighter load for the infantryman.
Although designed primarily to destroy tanks and light armoured vehicles, Javelin will also provide a potent, all-weather, day or night capability against fixed defences, such as bunkers and buildings.
The integrated sight allows the operator to acquire the target, lock-on, fire and 'forget'. This means that as soon as the missile is launched, the firer can acquire another target or move position. Javelin has a maximum range of 2500m, and overfly and direct attack modes of operation.
Javelin's surveillance and target acquisition performance is better than all other passive, ground mounted, battlegroup surveillance systems.
Javelin is a crew-served weapon operated by a firer and a controller/observer. The controller/observer commands the weapon and assists with loading, identifying targets and battlefield damage assessment.
The L16A2 81mm mortar is a Battlegroup level indirect fire weapon which is capable of providing accurate high explosive, smoke and illuminating rounds out to a maximum range of 5650m.
The mortar platoon, in mechanised and armoured infantry battalions, are mounted in and fire from armoured personnel carriers, increasing mobility and enabling rapid disengagement and movement to new fire positions.