The 16th Air Land Regiment, RAA (16 ALR, RAA) provides force protection for land forces against air and surface-to-surface fires through ground-based air defence (GBAD); a sense, warn, and locate (SnWL) capability; and command and control of Joint Air Land Integration.
The 16th Air Land Regiment, RAA (16 ALR, RAA), formerly the 16th Air Defence Regiment, RAA (16 AD Regt), was established on 16 January 2012, following the amalgamation of 1st Ground Liaison Group into 1st Air Ground Operations (AGO) Battery.
The Regiment is rapidly developing and enhancing capabilities to respond to the requirements of the modern battle space. The GBAD capability has been enhanced by the arrival of the Protected Mobility – Air Defence Variant (PM-ADV) vehicle, which allows the Regiment to maintain a rapid rate of advance, commensurate with the supported land force. The SnWL capability has been enhanced through the arrival of the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) which allows communication between SnWL detachments and friendly Artillery units. The AGO Battery is continuing to refine its processes, and aims to be able to coordinate air assets at all levels of command, as well as providing a strike capability through the Battery’s Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) Troop.
The Regiment has in recent history deployed soldiers to the Iraq Gulf, Timor-Leste, and Afghanistan, and currently supports Operation OKRA in the Middle East.