A BIN man from Chester has been engaged in electronic warfare on Salisbury Plain.
Craftsman Paul Stallwood, 24, was one of 156 Territorial Army soldiers and officers from The Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry (RMLY) who took part in a two-week exercise using some of the latest simulation equipment available to the Army.
For the first week, the men and women of the RMLY trained on a Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (CATT); a simulation device allowing the troops to train in the use of every conceivable weapons’ platform available to the Army, from a Challenger 2 main battle tank to a light reconnaissance armoured-vehicle.
During the second week, each soldier donned a ‘tactical engagement system’ consisting of a vest, helmet and SA80 rifle with specially-designed receptors built in. The vehicles involved in the exercise used the same technology.
Successful contact with enemy forces or their vehicles triggers the system and tells the soldier wearing the vest the nature of the injury he could have sustained had the warfare been played out in reality.
Cfm Stallwood, who has been in the TA for two years, said: “I have specialised as a vehicle mechanic. My job on this camp has been recovering vehicles from the field and repairing them, ready for battle again.