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Army September 16, 2010
By Sgt Andrew Hetherington
GUNNERS from 16 AD Regt had the
opportunity to target a Tiger during an
exercise held at Woodside barracks on
Exercise Tiger Hunt gave gunners
from 110 and 111 Btys the chance to
track and simulate shooting down an
ARH Tiger from 1 Avn Regt.
The helicopter and its aircrew flew
simulated gun, rocket and hellfire attack
profiles, targeting 16 AD Regt HQ.
Defending the unit were five RBS-70
detachments from 110 and 111 Btys and
two radar detachments.
Commander A Tp 110 Bty Lt Owain
Griffiths said the exercise enabled the
gunners to familiarise themselves with
Army's newest aviation asset and to track
a real aircraft.
"After the aircraft landed on the unit
parade ground the gunners received a
brief by the aircrew and later the aircrew
were given a brief on the capabilities of
16 AD Regt," Lt Griffiths said.
"The aircraft then flew for two hours
allowing the gunners to track it."
110 Bty gun number Gnr Hannah
Minehan has only been out of her trade
training for two months. She is one of
only four female air defenders in the
Army. She said working with the Tiger
was a great experience.
"It was the first real aircraft I've
tracked and it was great to get a feel of
what it's really like, as opposed to work-
ing in a simulator," she said.
"It was an awesome and realistic
experience, where we also learnt about
the aircraft and its capabilities from the
Bdr Jason Scott was Gnr Minehan's
RBS-70 detachment commander during
He said his gunners performed to a
"During each attack run we had at
least 30 seconds to complete our drills to
properly engage the aircraft," Bdr Scott
"I was impressed with the way they
performed and out of the six times we
engaged the Tiger, I would say we would
have easily hit it five times."
1 Avn Regt Tiger pilot Capt Stephen
Bates said the experience was also valu-
able for him.
"We had the chance to learn about
their equipment, which is one of the
best low level air defence systems in the
world," Capt Bates said.
"It's a very potent capability and the
operators were professional with the way
they set up and organised their firing.
"The RBS-70 system changes the bat-
tle space for any helicopter flying near it.
"[Flying against it] you have to
employ high-level tactics to defeat it."
Lt Griffiths said his unit was planning
to work with Tigers again in the future.
"To train with the Tigers was ben-
eficial for the unit, as helicopters are a
threat RBS-70 detachments are likely to
encounter on the battlefield of the future,"
Lt Griffiths said.
Gunners target Tigers
Sights set: LBdr Todd Makins shouts for a reload as RBS-70 operator Gnr Jonathon Hawke continues to
track a Tiger during a joint training and familiarisation exercise at 16 AD Regt.
Photos by LCpl Glenn Power
Lessons: Chopper pilot Capt Dan O'Connell
explains the capabilities of the Tiger.
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