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47th Regiment Royal Artillery is a regiment of the Royal Artillery in the British Army. It is equipped with the Thales Watchkeeper WK450. It is located at Horne Barracks, Larkhill in Wiltshire.[2]

47th Regiment Royal Artillery
Active1947 – present
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch British Army
Size5 Batteries
Part ofJoint Helicopter Command[1]
Garrison/HQHorne Barracks, Larkhill, Wiltshire
Nickname(s)The Hampshire & Sussex Gunners
EquipmentThales Watchkeeper WK450



The regiment was formed in 1947 when 4th Coast Training Regiment Royal Artillery was renamed 47th Coast Training Regiment Royal Artillery.[3] It was reformed as 47th Guided Weapons Regiment Royal Artillery and equipped with the Corporal missile in 1957.[3] In 1965 it was renamed 47th Light Regiment Royal Artillery and equipped with the 105mm Pack Howitzer and then deployed to Aden in 1967.[3] It saw service in Northern Ireland during the Troubles in 1973 and 1975.[3] In 1976 it became 47th Field Regiment Royal Artillery, initially equipped with the 105mm light gun, before moving on to the Abbott gun in 1981.[3] 21 Battery and elements of 43 Battery deployed to the South Atlantic during the Falklands War in 1982.[3] 3 Battery, 31 Battery and elements 21 Battery took part in the Gulf War in 1991.[3] 21 Battery saw action in Bosnia in 1995 and elements of 31 Battery were deployed to Macedonia and to Kosovo in 1999.[3] Between 2001 and 2014 elements of the Regiment were deployed on Operation Herrick in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.[4]

Current RoleEdit

The Regiment is the sole operator of the Thales Watchkeeper WK450 UAS.[5]

Current BatteriesEdit

The Regiment currently comprises 4 equipment Batteries and 1 HQ Battery. The fourth equipment Battery (57 Battery) was added in 2019:[1]

  • 10 (Assaye) Battery
  • 43 Battery (Lloyd's Company)
  • 57 (Bhurtpore) Battery
  • 74 Battery (The Battle Axe Company)
  • 31 (Headquarters) Battery

Previous BatteriesEdit

  • 4 (Sphinx 1742-1993) Battery[3]
  • 3 Battery
  • 21 (Gibraltar) Battery


  1. ^ a b "The Hampshire & Sussex Gunners". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Regular Basing Plan" (PDF). Ministry of Defence (MoD). Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "47th Regiment Royal Artillery". British Army Units 1945 on. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  4. ^ AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. November 2014. p. 8.
  5. ^ Ripley, Tim (21 March 2018). "UK Watchkeeper fails to achieve full operating capability milestone". Jane's Information Group. British Army sources said its sole Watchkeeper unit, 47 Regiment Royal Artillery based at Larkhill on Salisbury Plain, “continues to train and carry out exercises with Watchkeeper”.

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