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Exercise Chau Pha tests artillery capabilities

Exercise Chau Pha tests artillery capabilities
Exercise Chau Pha. Credit: Department of Defence, photographer: CPL Sagi Biderman

The 4th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery has completed a series of complicated tasks to enhance the regiment’s warfighting capabilities as part of Exercise Chau Pha.

The 4th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery has completed a series of complicated tasks to enhance the regiment’s warfighting capabilities as part of Exercise Chau Pha.

Members of the Australian Army’s 4 Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery completed their first exercise of the year, having undertaken a series of intricate training tasks as part of Exercise Chau Pha.

The exercise was designed to trial members of the regiment with unfamiliar tasks and targets, which is expected to improve the regiment’s battle readiness. Such tasks included Multiple Round Simultaneous Impact missions and Danger Close missions.

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Lieutenant Taras Jakubovsky, Commander of the 106 Battery Troop outlined that the missions on the exercise were particularly challenging but enhanced the warfighting capabilities of the troop.

“The regiment really challenged us to think differently, so we shot a number of things that we hadn’t shot before,” LT Jakubovsky said.

“One of these was the MRSI missions, which allows artillery batteries to fire multiple rounds at different trajectories, with different times of flight, on a tight time schedule. 

“This means that all the rounds impact the target at the same time, which increases the weight of fire and the lethality of the mission.

“It’s a really challenging mission, particularly for the detachment bombardiers, because it tests their ability to multitask and command their detachments in a very, very tight time frame.

“It’s really exciting, we rehearsed this stuff and practised in barracks, so to be able to put it all together and shoot it live gives our gunners a lot of confidence.”

Lieutenant Colonel Pete Allan, 4 Regiment Commanding Officer, described how this complex training supported the capabilities of the war fighter.

“Performing these relatively complex and often overlooked mission types, not only provides excellent training for our soldiers and officers, but it also ensures that our current capabilities are used to their fullest potential,” LTCOL Allan said.

“I have been incredibly pleased with the standard of gunnery and digital command system proficiency the Regiment has displayed over the course of the year, knowing that we will continue to set milestones over the remainder of the year.”

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