British Army Troops Conduct Platform Weapons Operator Course in Poland
British Army Troops Conduct Platform Weapons Operator Course in Poland

British Army Troops Conduct Platform Weapons Operator Course in Poland

Poland- British Cassino Troops from enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland conducted a Platform Weapons Operator Course on a snow-covered range January 14, 2021, at Bemowo Piskie Training Area. According to British Army, Corporal “H”, 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards, the 50 cal. live-fire exercise was designed to give reconnaissance Troops and Soldiers from their Light Aid Detachment ()LAD) more experience working together with the Jackal tactical vehicle’s weapons platform. Poland- British Cassino Troops are conducting the course with British LAD detachment in order to build their confidence on this platform, so that when they come out to support us during a vehicle breakdown, or other situation.

Corporal “H” explained this kind of ongoing training at Battle Group Poland is important to improve readiness and interoperability among the detachments. While the inclement weather posed a challenge, due to recent snowfall and freezing temperatures, Corporal “H” said the Troops were doing great and “getting the job done.”

Flash of fire emits from .50 cal. as British Cassino Troops from enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland fire on targets during a Platform Weapons Operator Course on a snow-covered range January 14, 2021, at Bemowo Piskie Training Area. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth O. Bryson)

The jackal is an agile, well-armed, light patrol vehicle that allows rapid movement across varying terrain, to include the challenging, and now snow-covered, landscape here in Poland. The QDG uses the Jackals, along with a formidable arsenal of weapons including machine guns, mortars, sniper rifles and anti-tank missiles, to immobilize and destroy enemy forces.

The Jackal or MWMIK (Mobility Weapon-Mounted Installation Kit) is a family of vehicles designed and developed by Supacat Ltd at their factory in Honiton, Devon (UK) for use by the British Army and Royal Air Force Regiment. Supacat re-branded to SC Group in September 2015, the Supacat brand retained for the group’s core defence business. The primary role of the vehicle in the British Army is deep battlespace reconnaissance, rapid assault and fire support – roles where mobility, and manoeuvrability are important – and it has also been used for convoy protection.

UK Cassino Troops from enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Polandload ammunition into a jackal during a Platform Weapons Operator Course on a snow-covered range January 14, 2021, at Bemowo Piskie Training Area. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth O. Bryson)