Dorset Soldiers Get To Grips With Challenger 2 Tank
8:11am 4th October 2013
Dorset soldiers based at Bovington are being put through their paces with one of the military's most powerful weapons - the Challenger 2 battle tank.
Army Reservists from the Royal Wessex Yeomanry are on exercise with their regular army counterparts on Salisbury Plain.
The weeklong exercise called Wessex Dragon is all part of the integration process to get our part time soldiers up to speed with the best military kit. The Reserves are now taking on a much bigger role in the British Army as part of the future 2020 initiative.
Our soldiers have been learning how to command the Challenger 2 and work with-it in the field.
Graduate and part time Trooper Elliot Metcalfe from Dorset says it's a great learning experience;
"The training stands today have been very good and very informative on all different aspects of the Challenger 2, and I have enjoyed using the laser technology system which is fitted to our weapons so we can simulate firing and hitting a target."
By this time next year, The Royal Wessex Yeomanry will formally become the only Armoured Reinforcement unit in Britain.