The British Army held a major month-long divisional exercise in March that was designed to test the ability of the 3rd Division’s Lead Armoured Task Force (LATF) to deploy on potential future overseas operations.
With the UK military renewing its focus on global contingency operations capability in the wake of its withdrawal from Afghanistan, Exercise ‘Tractable’ was the first in a series of annual exercises designed to test the ability of the LATF to deploy at short notice and conduct a range of missions.
The exercise involved more than 16,000 troops and 575 vehicles, including units from the 12 Armoured Infantry Brigade and the Kings Royal Hussars with its Challenger 2 main battle tanks, as well as the 27th Regiment Logistics Corps.
The LATF undertook a range of missions to rehearse deploying from its home bases to a centralised staging centre and then onward transport by air, land, and sea. This included using the Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) new A400M Atlas aircraft flying from RAF Brize Norton together with roll-on/-off shipping and the military railhead at Luggershall in Wiltshire.
The exercise culminated in a live-fire demonstration at the Salisbury Plain Training Area.