28 December 2009

UK In Action: Night Ops

Soldiers from the Household Cavalry Regiment Battle Group retrieve ration supplies, dropped at night by C-130 Hercules aircraft, onto a Springer vehicle near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Edinburgh on the outskirts of Musa Qal’eh, Afghanistan. Springer has the ability to carry a combat load of one tonne. Its role is specifically focused on moving combat supplies from helicopter landing sites into the forward operating bases. Air drops are being used to minimise the threat to road convoys from improvised explosive devices (IED’s) by reducing their need. The loads can be dropped accurately from the air, making resupplying the Forward Operating Bases less dangerous. Troops collect the stores from the drop zone, and use a variety of vehicles including the new Springer to return the rations into the FOB.

Image: UK MoD

By: Widow 6-7

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