The major UK operational brigades are under the command of 3rd (United
Kingdom) Division (The Reaction Force) and would be structured according
to the task. The following diagram provides an illustration of the
possible configuration of a UK Armoured Infantry Brigade on high
intensity operations, and includes units that could be assigned from
both 2nd (United Kingdom) Division (The Reaction Force) and Force Troops
(1) Armoured Cavalry Regiment with 3 x Sabre
Squadrons each with 16 CVR(T) (being replaced with Scout). Plus 1 x
Command and Support Squadron.
(2) Armoured Regiment with 56 x Challenger 2 MBT. Comprises 3 x Sabre
Squadrons each with 18 x Challenger 2. Plus 1 x Command and
Reconnaissance Squadron with 2 x Challenger 2 and 8 x CVR(T) (to be
replaced with 8 x Scout).
(3) Armoured Infantry Battalion with 45 x Warrior AIFV. Comprises 3 x
Rifle Companies each with 14 x Warrior. Plus 1 x Support Company and 1 x
HQ Company with 3 x Warrior.
(4) Heavy Protected Mobility Battalion with 45 x Mastiff. Comprises 3 x
Rifle Companies each with 14 x Mastiff. Plus 1 x Support Company and 1 x
HQ Company with 3 x Mastiff.
(5) Army Air Corps Detachment possibly drawn from 16 Air Assault
Brigade. May be Lynx Wildcat or Apache or a mix of both depending upon
(6) Royal Logistic Corps Group to stockpile and move essential supplies
forward to the combat units.
(7) Brigade Medical Squadron that could comprise armoured or wheeled
(8) Engineer Squadron that could include an armoured engineer
(9) Air Defence Detachment if required. Could be HVM mounted on CVR(T).
(10) Brigade Artillery Group. Size and composition dependent upon the
mission but could be 105mm Light Gun or 155mm AS90 or 227mm GMLRS or a
mix. Supported by UAVs and various artillery intelligence and artillery
POSSIBLE BRIGADE TOTALS
56 x Challenger MBT
90 x Warrior AIFV
x AFV 432/CVR(T)/Spartan Armoured Vehicles approx
90 x Mastiff
8 x Light Gun/AS 90
Brigade could provide the Headquarters for three Battlegroups.