Army Forms New Warfighting Experimentation Battlegroup

The new force is based on an infantry battalion, along with other elements from across the service.

The British Army is introducing a pioneering warfighting experimentation battlegroup designed to fight at the leading edge of defence.

Soldiers will develop their future warfighting skills further with the establishment of the new dedicated force, based on an infantry battalion but with elements from across the Army.

The experimentation battlegroup will pit troops, equipment and tactics against the very latest threats posed by terrorist, state and proxy adversaries.

The force will take the lead in trialling the latest technology, driving innovation to ensure the Army's structure and equipment evolves in line with any future threats posed.

The battlegroup draws on the heritage of previous experimental units that had similar effects on the Army during earlier industrial revolutions.

This includes the Experimental Corps of Riflemen in the Napoleonic Campaign, which introduced rifles, sharpshooting and skirmishing tactics.

Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey explained the reasoning behind the group's formation.

"With every great advance in technology comes an advance in the way we fight," he said.

"The British Army has a proud tradition of experimenting and innovating with new technologies during each of the previous industrial revolutions.

"As we enter this new age of big data, automation and artificial intelligence, it's important that the new Experimental Battlegroup will be able to build on that tradition and integrate these latest advances into our force structures, equipment requirements and tactics."

The announcement follows the findings of the Integrated Review made public earlier this week.

As part of the Integrated Review, the Ministry of Defence says the Army will modernise to form a more agile force to deploy across the globe.

Further details on the future of the military are expected in the Defence Command Paper, which is due on 22 March.