British Army armoured reconnaissance battlegroup manoeuvres across Germany

by Tim Ripley

Vehicles of the British Army's Royal Lancers divisional reconnaissance regiment deployed from the UK to Germany for Exercise ‘Somme Lancer', which took place in the first half of October. (Crown copyright)

Approximately 180 vehicles and 650 soldiers from the British Army's Royal Lancers divisional reconnaissance regiment deployed over 1,100 km by road to Germany in the last week of September from their home garrison in Catterick, North Yorkshire, for Exercise ‘Somme Lancer'.

The regiment reported on social media that it then carried out a 70 km tactical road march from the British Army training facility in Sennelager to Hamelin, where the main exercise play unfolded across approximately 5,000 sq km of private land. Danish reconnaissance troops from the Guard Hussar Regiment joined the UK troops and German Luftwaffe Eurofighters and Tornado bombers from Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader (Tactical Air Wing) 31 and 33, respectively, for approximately 55 hours of simulated close air support during the exercise.

‘Somme Lancer' culminated back in Sennelager on 15 October with the start of a week-long combined arms live-fire exercise.


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Skill shortage slows down Serbian MBT upgrade

by Igor Bozinovski

Serbia is modernising its M-84/M-84A MBTs at a rate of 12–13 a year (photo of upgraded M-84 AS1 standard presented in June 2020). (Serbian MoD)


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Turkish lawmakers criticise government for delays in Altay MBT

by Kerry Herschelman

Opposition lawmakers criticised the Turkish government for the delay in the production of Altay MBTs, deliveries of which were meant to begin within 18 months of the 9 November 2018 contract signature with BMC. (Otokar )

Opposition lawmakers criticised the Turkish government for the delay in the production of Altay main battle tanks (MBTs) during a debate on the Ministry of National Defence's budget in the parliament's plan and budget committee on 16 November.

Özgür Ceylan and Polat Şaroğlu, deputies from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), recalled that Turkey's Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) said that Altay deliveries to the army would begin within 18 months of the 9 November 2018 contract signature with Turkish-Qatari joint venture BMC.

Since then, the delivery dates have been continually changed and there is still no tank, they complained.

They also repeated CHP's long-standing criticism of the transfer of the right to operate Turkey's national tank and pallet factory to BMC for 25 years.

The Altay is to be produced at the factory in Sakarya in the Marmara region, where Fırtına self-propelled howitzers are produced and which conducts military equipment maintenance.


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Armenian and Azerbaijan clash again in Nagorno-Karabakh

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 18 November accused Armenia of violating a 16 November truce following clashes between the two South Caucasus countries in Nagorno-Karabakh earlier the same day. The ministry said on its website that the Armenian Armed Forces had twice fired at Azerbaijani Army positions in the Tovuz region on 17–18 November, claiming to have silenced the attacks with return fire.

An Armenian MoD tweet on 18 November accused the Azerbaijanis of opening fire but reported the situation had stabilised after the Armenians retaliated. The situation continued to be stable on 19 November, according to another Armenian MoD tweet.


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