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10-13-2009, 12:34 PM
Jackals Afghan Bound

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Source: MOD

Household Cavalry troopers have been preparing to deploy to Afghanistan later this month by undertaking intensive training in their new Jackal all-terrain vehicles on the rugged sand dunes of North Devon.

Soldiers from the Household Cavalry, who are normally based at Windsor, took to the spectacular Braunton Burrows 900-acre sand dune system near Barnstaple this week.

They put their Jackal vehicles through their paces in tough and demanding sandy conditions which are similar in many ways to the conditions they will soon experience in Helmand province.

The Household Cavalry, who are deploying as part of 11 Light Brigade, are reconnaissance experts and will be the eyes and ears of the force, gathering information and battlefield intelligence on the insurgents 24-hours-a-day in all conditions.

Mounted primarily in the Scimitar combat vehicle some of the troopers from the regiment have now been trained in using the new, all-terrain, protected Jackal vehicles to give the unit extra flexibility.

Stealthy, powerful and highly manoeuvrable, the vehicles can be fitted with a wide range of weaponry from grenade launchers to machine guns, making them a potent weapon against the Taliban.

Lieutenant James Hulme, a Troop Leader from A Squadron of the Household Cavalry Regiment, said "We have been training for the deployment for many months and the intensive training here with the Jackals on the Devon dunes is a key part of our UK training.

"The Jackal is a fantastic piece of equipment - the troops are very impressed with it and its mobility over the roughest terrain is unrivalled. It's been tested to its limits here on the dunes; it can get over, or up, pretty much anything.

"As reconnaissance specialists we are the eyes and ears of the force and having this type of vehicle is going to be vital in delivering a successful counter-insurgency campaign."

Braunton Burrows has been used by the military to help train troops since the Second World War and its rugged sand dunes make it an ideal environment for many types of training.

The Jackal is one of the most agile and versatile vehicles on operations and has received enormous acclaim from soldiers on the ground. It has high levels of off-road mobility enabling troops to avoid well-trodden routes, giving them a degree of unpredictability which is an essential tactical asset in itself. The design of the vehicle hull incorporates advanced armour protection features.

The Jackal is able to operate in open desert and mountainous terrain, taking the fight to the enemy away from ground of their choosing, and is proving a significant success. The Jackal is armoured, which gives it protection against a range of threats while facilitating greater operational choice for commanders at all levels.