The Yorkshire Regiment
Exercise IRON WOLF will see the deployment of a 4 YORKS-led, British Army Reserve, Company Group to Lithuania in November 18. It is a Multinational Exercise with contributing nations from Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Estonia. The Exercise forms part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic states and represents a prime opportunity for interoperability training. The 4 YORKS Army Reserve contingent will be reinforced from a number of Regular and Reserve units including; Queens Own Yeomanry, 37 Signals, 4 Mercians, 4 Lancs, the Honourable Artillery Company and also by 2 YORKS Regulars. Our 4 YORKS companies and detachments have an established and strong footprint in towns and cities across Yorkshire and Teesside.
Commanding Officer 4 YORKS, Lt Col Greg Murphy says; “We are absolutely focussed on delivering success in Lithuania not just on the training field but also in terms of wider Defence Engagement with support to the UK Embassy in the capital, Vilnius. The exercise will be demanding but our troops are ready and, with the 2 YORKS Anti-Tank reinforcement, looking forward to the challenge”.
SA80 Personal weapon
SA80 A2 comprises the Individual Weapon (IW) and the Light Support Weapon (LSW).
These are the British Army's standard combat weapons. Made by Heckler and Koch, they fire NATO standard 5.56 x 45mm ammunition. The SA80 can be fitted with the SUSAT sight and a Common Weapon Sight, which is a third generation Image Intensification (II) night sight.
Both weapons have been modified in light of operational experience. A major mid-life update in 2002 resulted in the SA80A2 series - the most reliable weapons of their type in the world. This reliability is combined with accuracy, versatility and ergonomic design. It is considered a first-class weapon system and world leader in small arms.
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.
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.
Glock 17 Pistol (Personal Weapon)
The Glock 17 Gen 4 pistol is much lighter than the current Browning pistol, and more accurate. It also has an increased magazine capacity of 17 9mm rounds, compared to 13 rounds for the Browning.
Warrant Officer 1 Mark Anderson, Royal Marines, who trialled the Glock 17 before the contract was awarded, said: “Pistols are vital in close combat and are a key part of a soldier’s armoury. Reliable, light and easy to carry, the Glock inspires confidence and performs exceptionally well.”
The MOD signed a £9m contract to provide the Armed Forces with more than 25,000 Glock sidearms including holsters.
Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne said: “We are determined to provide our troops with the best possible personal kit available and these new Glock 17’s will give them greater firepower and accuracy on operations."