7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (7 PARA Regt RHA) provide artillery support to 16 Air Assault Brigade.
7 PARA is organized into gun batteries, who operate the L118 105mm howitzer, and Fire Support Teams (FST), who deploy alongside 16 AA Bde's infantry units in order to call in fires from the batteries. FSTs are also trained to call in close air support from Apache helicopter gunships, fast jets and fires from mortar units.
7 PARA Regt RHA Organization
- I Headquarters Parachute Battery (Bulls Troop) RHA
HQ for the regiment, no guns.
- F (Sphinx) Parachute Battery RHA
- G Parachute Battery (Mercer's Troop) RHA
Other elements within 7 PARA include the Aviation Tactical Group (Avn Tac Gp), which fields Fire Support Teams, and 7 RHA LAD REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers).
Members of 7 PARA Regt RHA are parachute trained. The L118 105mm howitzer used by 7 PARA can be airlifted onto the battlefield by Chinook or Puma helicopter (as an under-slung load), towed by medium-weight vehicles or even deployed by parachute from C-130 aircraft.