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Canadian Artillery at Glamoc

By Capt. Knut B. Andersen
First published in
SFOR Informer #87, May 10, 2000

Glamoc -In mid April a Canadian artillery unit was deployed to Theatre for the very first time. The A Battery of 1 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (1 RCHA) were sent to Tomislavgrad as part of the re-structuring of Canadian forces serving in Bosnia, and to assist with the re-organization of MND-SW.

Shortly after their arrival, the unit participated in a three-day exercise at the Glamoc shooting range, located three hours west of Sarajevo, where they conducted vehicle and weapons system testing and live-fired small arms weapons and their 105 mm. artillery cannons.

"This exercise is merely to test our guns, and make sure the battery is operational," Capt. Steven Sloat, Gun Position Officer of the A Batt explained. "This weapon is new to the unit and we need to confirm the guns are working as they're supposed to."

The 105 mm LG1 MARK 3, a French manufactured weapon, was recently purchased by the Canadian Forces. The gun is air mobile, so by utilizing a Canadian Griffin helicopter, the weapon and Battery personnel, may be transported for use in the field. In Theatre, a six-wheeled Grizzly Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) tows the gun.

A new Canadian weapon targeting system was also tested during the exercise. The Canadian Ballistic Fire Control System is a computer-run targeting system.
"The system is some three years old, so we need to confirm all the details and make sure it operates the way it's supposed to," WO Chad Wager explained. "It takes all kinds of outside considerations, like the rotation of the earth and weather when targeting the guns."

The new Canadian APC Coyote also took part in the exercise at Glamoc. The 40 mm Machine Gun and the APC's superb mobility demonstrated the valuable support which this new vehicle provides to Canadian units in Theatre. Its powerful and precise weapon systems and the ability to achieve high speeds and maneuverability ensure its place as the future Canadian Forces APC of choice.

A Battery is typically composed of 96 men, but due to an increased need for support and mechanic personnel requirements, which are unique to Theatre, the unit is composed of 150 men and women.