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huevans01127 Jun 2018 3:52 p.m. PST

When I was a nipper (1980's), I was a part-time soldier in an armoured recce unit. Contemporary doctrine mandated that we physically secure terrain and routes of advance and draw contact as our main technique of finding what was out there in front of the army. So we learned "bounding overwatch", covering each other and moving from terrain feature to terrain feature as we advanced.

Does any recce unit bother to do this anymore? When I went to a recent display, the armoured recce guys showed off their drones, computers and electronic surveillance masts. Sure, they had a/c's, but I wasn't sure that they actually used them to push physically forward – as opposed to lurking somewhere and launching the drone / raising the mast.

Anyone shed light on the current state of the art in this area?

nickinsomerset28 Jun 2018 4:11 a.m. PST

The main thing is they have been trg to fight in asymmetric warfare, Afghan, for the past 15 years.

Certainly in theatre when moving forwards bounding overwatch etc was practised and is still taught, however these new fangled gizmos suplement their capability as they are now part of the ISR capability and chain of command,

Tally Ho!

Major Mike28 Jun 2018 6:22 a.m. PST

You can alway look here for lost of US perspective

PDF link

Lion in the Stars28 Jun 2018 11:37 a.m. PST

You still need to push forward to a place where you can get the proper field of view for that mast, or get the drone into range. (Some of those drones are painfully short ranged!)

huevans01128 Jun 2018 1:28 p.m. PST

Thanks for the shiny .pdf and the note on drones.

Is there any convenient place to find info on drone ranges and capabilities?

Lion in the Stars28 Jun 2018 11:12 p.m. PST

Aside from Wiki (who usually cites Jane's for military stuff)?

Not that I've found.

MajorB29 Jun 2018 11:50 a.m. PST

"Light armoured Recce: current tactics??"

Go down that road until you get shot at. Then report back.

nickinsomerset29 Jun 2018 12:29 p.m. PST

Huevans, at this level work on an hour flight time, range about 10km with EO and IR sensors and you cannot go far wrong,

Tally Ho!

huevans01129 Jun 2018 2:16 p.m. PST

"Light armoured Recce: current tactics??"

Go down that road until you get shot at. Then report back.

Not much development in 30 years then…… Nice to know the old skills of going down roads and getting shot at still count for something.

huevans01129 Jun 2018 2:16 p.m. PST

Huevans, at this level work on an hour flight time, range about 10km with EO and IR sensors and you cannot go far wrong,

Tally Ho!

Cheers, NiS!

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