Army

Cutting-edge systems and technologies tested by British soldiers in the US

British Army soldiers are testing cutting-edge systems and technologies in America during Project Convergence 22.

The 20th Armoured Brigade Combat Team (20 ACBT) are in the US working with allies testing a range of innovative systems including some for the first time 'on the ground'.

This exercise is designed to help make the Army become more lethal on the battlefield, by cutting down on time and complications in what is called the 'sensor-decider-effector' chain.

One of the ways the Army is doing this will be to speed up the process by which the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) is fired, by use of automation and sensors on the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet.

Other methods of increasing lethality that will be tested in California include combining one of the UK's air defence assets, the Giraffe Agile Multi Beam (G-AMB) radar, with the network that the Americans use in order to better co-ordinate protection.

From a human perspective, the newly-formed Ranger Regiment will operate alongside US Special Operations Forces to swap tactics, whilst a British Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Platoon is set to provide reconnaissance and logistical support.

The RAS capability will be provided by the 2nd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, who have recently completed a posting in Cyprus, where they trialled an array of systems to determine their effectiveness for future infantry use.

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Watchkeeper is an intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) asset, that can collect, process, and disseminate high-quality imagery intelligence (Picture: MOD).

The Watchkeeper WK450 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) will provide the eyes in the sky while a range of other technologies will support situational awareness and the processing of intelligence within 20 ACBT headquarters.

Project Convergence is the premier US Army experimentation exercise, seeking to define how the US and international partners, including the UK and Australia, will fight in a multi-domain battlespace.

The Army sees this project as more than a singular event, "this is a sustained campaign of learning designed to advance and integrate our allied forces and ensure that we can rapidly and continuously 'converge' effects across the battlefield".