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Skills in Reserve
Army June 23, 2011
THE Army's oldest continually serv-
ing regular unit has leapt forward,
successfully fielding and operating
the M777A2 lightweight howitzer
during Exercise Diamond Strike last
After A Bty, 1 Regt RAA's relo-
cation from Sydney to Brisbane in
January, it has been a non-stop year
for the gunners.
Commitments to disaster relief
and training exercises were completed
before the gunners undertook a robust
training package delivered by the
School of Arty to qualify everyone on
the new equipment.
A Bty is the first unit to be re-
equipped with the new 155mm
M777A2 artillery, upgrading from the
The transition to the new gun was
a quantum leap in terms of capabil-
ity, according to battery captain Capt
"It is the dawning of a new era of
gunnery for the RAA," he said.
Innovations such as GPS and
inertial navigation systems built into
the gun have replaced the traditional
means of orientating and directing the
guns. Command post staff are also
getting to grips with the power of the
Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data
System (AFATDS) as both a battle-
management and fire-control system.
Forward observers from 104 and
105 Observation Post Btys were also
exposed to new procedures and ben-
efits of the digital systems that will
become fully realised when tied in
with the Digital Terminal Control
System in the near future.
The fall of shot from the new gun
was impressive and consistent.
Bty commander Maj Simon
Hompas said the gunners were reaping
the benefits of new propellant technol-
ogy provided as part of the Modular
Artillery Charge System.
"There is no longer a need to burn
excess charge increments and han-
dling on the gun line has been made
safer thanks to its user-friendly fea-
tures and ergonomic packaging," he
"Land 17 has delivered more than
front of the RAA's modernisation
plan with new guns capable of firing
advanced munitions, enhanced protec-
tion through the use of Bushmasters,
all enabled by a digital backbone for
operating in the modern environment.
"Our challenge now is to build
upon the momentum we have gen-
erated in the lead up to this year's
Exercise Talisman Sabre."
A Bty this year reaches 140 years
of continuous service, making it the
regular Army's oldest unit.
Rounds away: Gunners from A Bty fire the 155mm M777A2 for the first time during Ex Diamond Strike.
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