The troops of the 2nd Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment focused their training on new weapons and new aiming systems.
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The ARILLS (Assault Rifle In-Line Low Light Sight) fits the SA80 A3 rifle perfectly for increased infrared and thermal reconnaissance capability (Image source: British Army)
Lance Corporal Brandon Allen, 23, of York, was one of the Soldiers in Cyprus who handed over this latest kit as 2 YORKS continues its new role as an Enhanced Light Force Battalion, tasked with testing a cutting edge technology as architects of how the British Army will fight and win in the future: “The ARILLS is a new sighting system for the SA80 A3 that fits the Picatinny rail, but you can also use it as a sling aiming system. Thermal imaging is much clearer and more precise, and you can actively see and engage targets over a greater range than previous systems, also describing positions for you as halos. This means that it is much more efficient and a further improvement in the abilities of a soldier.
Brandon has been with the unit for five years, after studying utilities for two years in college. He said, “You can tune the ARILLS to meet your individual needs, to locate and target the enemy from much further away. It’s special to be given this responsibility and to have the feeling that you are one step ahead of everyone else, so it’s a real privilege to have. I’m a 2IC section but I’m stepping up as a section commander. Our feedback on the testing of the equipment helps decide whether it is distributed to the military at large and that is an important responsibility. I’ve always wanted to do something different every day and with the military you can do it. It has been quite a busy life in the battalion, having deployed to Op Toral and then to a battle group exercise called the Wessex Storm. Subsequently, I completed my NCO cadre, Junior Brecon, then in Cyprus. “
2 YORKS were also recently involved in Operation Pitting, the Kabul evacuation effort in Afghanistan. This involved working alongside the 16 Air Assault Brigade, which is the British Army’s Global Response Force.