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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse19 Jan 2019 3:38 p.m. PST

"We know that the British Army's Strike Brigade is built around the concept of disaggregated operations across a large area where forces concentrate at points in time and space to deliver a range of meaningful effects. They are based on a collection of ‘medium weight' tracked and wheeled vehicles, none of which can exploit the mobility advantages of support helicopters because they are too heavy.

The Light Strike Brigade is therefore based on the core principles of the joint land strike concept but with much lighter vehicles that can exploit the mobility afforded by UK Support Helicopters. It is not about deploying inter-theatre by air, but within a theatre over a large area. Exploiting its mobility, firepower and low logistics demand, it would have applicability in both a conventional and non-conventional conflict.

Beyond the general concept, this article will also make a proposal for a change to UK force structure, especially for 16 Air Assault Brigade (16AAB), the Light Infantry and Light Cavalry…."
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Lion in the Stars19 Jan 2019 4:07 p.m. PST

Very interesting and important ideas getting kicked around there!

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa20 Jan 2019 9:41 a.m. PST

Second the interesting, though I'm sceptical that the UK has the hard cash and the will to properly spec out the concept. Also I'm not sure that the words 'light' and 'brigade' should necessarily be used together in a UK formation name!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse20 Jan 2019 3:13 p.m. PST

Happy you enjoyed it myf friends!. (smile)


Lion in the Stars20 Jan 2019 11:15 p.m. PST

@ROU: Nah, I'm pretty sure this one would also be used up in a similarly pointless charge at positions it should have no chance of overwhelming. Unless that's what you're trying to avoid?

Gaz004521 Jan 2019 3:12 a.m. PST

Sound approach and doctrinal plans that will not survive contact with the 'brass' nor the politicians…..
Interesting comments on the use of the smaller light armoured vehicles needing better maintenance and support along with improved training and deployment.

I have always thought that the helicopters used for lifting Army units should be Army assets, removing the layers of friction between different commands and outlooks.

SouthernPhantom21 Jan 2019 5:54 p.m. PST

I'm only about a third of the way through the article, but the author makes some very good points. There has been some progress towards similar vehicles in the US – the GMV is internally transportable in a CH-47 and will give infantry squads outstanding mobility, even if it's a bit short on armor!

It only makes sense to provide airmobile infantry with a light vehicle for tactical mobility – as the author stated, it will allow airmobile forces to be landed further from the objective, minimizing helicopter exposure to an enemy IADS.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse22 Jan 2019 12:11 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!.


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