The Yorkshire Regiment
The operational commitments continue for 2 YORKS in Cyprus, providing an essential force protection and alert force for the Sovereign Base Area and beyond. With 12 different capbadges serving under its banner, the 2 YORKS battlegroup embraces a committed and talented team. As the British Army’s only Enhanced Light Forces Battalion, 2 YORKS are leading a £10m, 3-year programme of development of new equipment and tactics, altogether promising tremendous training opportunities going forward and forerunner to 2 YORKS assuming a lead in the British Army's Transformation Experimentation Programme from 2023, an outcome of the Government’s recent Integrated Review. In Cyprus, specialist weapon cadres are also in full swing, with the battalion intent on building battle winning capabilities for a planned deployment on Ex ASKARI STORM in Kenya in early 2023. 2 YORKS recently triumphed over ten other teams in the British forces Cyprus, Operational shooting competition.
The Foxhound is at the cutting edge of protected patrol vehicle technology and provides unprecedented levels of blast protection for its size and weight. These patrol vehicles underwent final testing in the dusty and hot conditions of the Helmand desert before being deployed on operations.
Foxhound has been specifically designed and built in Britain to protect against the threats faced by troops in Afghanistan. However, this is an agile and versatile vehicle that will be a mainstay in the Army for years to come.
Being lighter and smaller than other protected vehicles such as Mastiff and Ridgeback, Foxhound brings a whole new capability to the Army and is ideal for soldiers operating in mentoring and partnering roles.
Foxhound has a top speed of 70mph but can still protect against improvised explosive devices thanks to its v-shaped hull.
Weapons Mounted Installation Kit Landrover used by 2 YORKS. Crew of 3 and armed with a 7.62mm nachine Gun, smoke dischargers and with a max speed of 52kph
General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG)
The L7A2 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) is a 7.62 x 51mm belt-fed general purpose machine gun which can be used as a light weapon and in a sustained fire (SF) role.
In the SF role, mounted on a tripod and fitted with the C2 optical sight, it is fired by a two-man team who are grouped in a specialist Machine Gun Platoon to provide battalion-level fire support. In SF mode, the GPMG, with a two-man crew, lays down 750 rounds-per-minute at ranges up to 1800 metres.
The GPMG can be carried by foot soldiers and employed as a light machine gun (LMG), although it has largely been replaced by the lighter 5.56 x 45mm Minimi in this role, in most regiments. A fold-out bipod is used to support the GPMG in the LMG role.
Versions of the GPMG are mounted on most Army vehicles and some helicopters.
Husky is a protected support vehicle, providing a highly mobile and flexible load carrying vehicle.
The Husky has been designed for a range of missions in Afghanistan, including transporting food, water and ammunition, and acting as a command vehicle at headquarters.
Equipped with a machine gun, Husky joins its sister vehicles Wolfhound and Coyote as part of the tactical support vehicle programme. Some vehicles are fitted out as specialised recovery vehicles or fitted with a heavy machine gun or grenade machine gun.