Army

Gunners Train With M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System In Scotland

101 Regiment Royal Artillery is the only British Army reservist unit that operates the precision fire weapons systems.

Gunners from 101 Regiment Royal Artillery have returned to training with their Multiple Launch Rocket Systems. 

101 Regiment is the only reservist unit that operates the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) - the British Army’s main precision fire weapons system.

It is equipped with up to 12 high-explosive warheads and a GPS guidance system able to fire accurately at a range of up to 70 kilometres.

The personnel have been training with the weapon on the ranges of Kirkcudbright Training Area in Scotland. 

Gunner Kieran Curtis told Forces News: "At first it was a little bit daunting, but after the first mission it was all right, it’s been really good.

"Before this I’d only done ever classroom stuff with them, just on the training units, so it’s been good to actually get out in the field with them and actually fire them for real.

“Pretty powerful weapons, very, very accurate, they do quite a lot of damage for what they are.

"Basically, we’ve just got to make sure all our grids are right and that we’re in the right location to fire, just double-check everything before we actually fire."

The system is crewed by three-person teams and is able to operate independently. 

Reservists from 101 Regiment Royal Artillery brush up on small arms skills.

Commanding Officer of 101 Regiment Royal Artillery, Lieutenant Colonel Pete Winton, told Forces News: "It’s an amazing piece of kit, you’ve got three guys in there providing the level of firepower that it takes a whole regiment of guns to provide, so that’s a real force multiplier to have that in the Army Reserve.

"And to have Army reservists who work in other careers during the week, come and get a hold of this kit, really become competent on it and deliver it is amazing."

The coronavirus crisis has meant training for the reservists has been stepped down in recent months.

The soldiers used the training as an opportunity to sharpen some of their small arms skills. 

Bombardier Dan Smith said: "We tend to focus on obviously bigger guns, being in this regiment it’s rockets.

"You might have to re-role, you might get deployed somewhere, so it’s important to keep your hand in, learn and keep proficient on the small arms, definitely."