Staff need weeks of training before they can get close to using the 81mm weapon.

Before testing the device on the Warcop Training Area in Cumbria, Corporal Lance Macauley Rogerson told the News Force: “I’m looking forward to it.

“I won’t say I’m scared, won’t say I’m nervous because they give us the right training and everything, and I just want to finish it now, play, play. “
Kingsman Phillip Munnik said: “There was a bit of suspense but at the same time excitement, for sure I think there was a bit more excitement than suspense.

When they fired the 81mm mortar, it was a test for the army to perfect its officers and be qualified to use the mortar.

The instructors were able to resolve any issues quickly and efficiently, with safety staff, in groups of three, able to intervene in complex cases.
Kingsman Munnik is a fan of the kit: “It was definitely a good experience, something new.

“Obviously every so often we’ll be able to trigger these more often, but it’s definitely been a good experience, enjoyed it.”

“Obviously you don’t really see where it goes until 30 seconds later, but, yeah, that’s good.”

Soldiers from 4 LANCS led the exercise, which meant that training was shortened from three weeks to two weeks.

In reviewing the military’s progress, Second Class Officer Stephen McConnell told the News Force: “[There’s] a lot of improvement that needs to be made, but overall certainly their attitude as well as their motivation and motivation. Exercises are going on safely, they’re where we think they should be.

“Obviously, like I said, it’s the first day so it’s always going to be a little late.”

Working between regular and reserve agencies, staff members have been divided into their own households to comply with COVID-19 regulations.

The team will now continue training to qualify for mortar fire.