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Yorkshire's troops first to try new gun kit

Troops from the Yorkshire Regiment are among the first British forces to be equipped with new laser guided guns to help them identify targets more clearly.

The regiment like many others has paid a heavy price in the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.

Now the Government has spent more than £50 million on the new equipment which can pinpoint the enemy half a mile away.

Katie Rowlett joined the troops as they were put through their paces with the high tech kit which for them could mean the difference between life and death.

Yorkshire reservists help train Ugandan soldiers

Yorkshire reservists helping train in Uganda

A team of thirty men and women from Yorkshire have been helping to train Ugandan soldiers in East Africa.

The team led by Reservists of the 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment spent two weeks working in temperatures of up to 32 degrees celsius.

Their roles varied from testing the Ugandan People’s Defence Force before it crosses into Somalia to run peacekeeping operations, to assessing how the soldiers deal with suicide bombers.

They've also helped to teach 1,900 members of a Ugandan Battlegroup about counter-insurgency techniques.

Most of the Yorkshire team have civilian jobs but have given up their spare time to train and serve as Army soldiers.

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Families speak of their heartache as inquest ends

There have been emotional scenes as the families of six soldiers killed by a Taliban bomb spoke of their heartache at the end of an inquest into their deaths.

The troops - four from West Yorkshire and two from Lancashire - died when their Warrior armoured vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan last year.

Today an expert said no British Army vehicle in Afghanistan could have withstood such a blast but significant improvements have been made to the fleet of vehicles still being used on the front line. From Oxford Coroner's Court Jon Hill reports.

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Update: Bomb too big for armoured vehicle

No vehicle used by the British Army at the time that six soldiers were killed when their armoured Warrior vehicle was blown up would have been able to take the blast, an inquest has heard.

Major Douglas Nelson, an expert on the Warrior vehicle, said several improvements have been made to them since the deaths of the six men in March last year, but warned insurgents can always build bigger bombs.

Maj Nelson told the court today that a number of improvements have been made to Warriors following the incident, including thicker armour; the fuel tank; improvements to ways of getting out in an emergency; and better firefighting and detection systems.

Afghan six: Commanding officer speaks at inquest

The commanding officer of the six soldiers killed when their armoured fighting vehicle was blown up by a Taliban bomb has said he had no doubts about sending out the patrol as light faded at dusk.

The patrol had been due to leave the base in Lashkar Gar, in Afghanistan earlier in the afternoon, but it was delayed by a sandstorm. At the inquest into the troops' death, Major Edward Colver was asked if he was at all worried about sending out the patrol at dusk

He replied: "I was extremely confident that it was the right thing to do." Other soldiers who were on the patrol in a second armoured vehicle have told the hearing that they had no concerns about going out at dusk.

Inquest into 'Afghan six' resumes in Oxford

The six soldiers who lost their lives Credit: Calendar

An inquest into the deaths of six soldiers killed while serving with the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment in Afghanistan has resumed in Oxford. The troops - four from West Yorkshire - were killed when their Warrior armoured vehicle was blown apart by a Taliban bomb in March 2012.

It was the single deadliest attack on British forces since the conflict began in 2001. The inquest has been told that the vehicle became an inferno when it struck an improvised explosive device. All the men are said to have lost consciousness instantly.

Their families have been told that none stood a chance of surviving.

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