Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU)

By SPP Reporter

The ADTU Mission is:

To carry out user trials and development tasks on Mounted Close Combat (MCC) equipment in order to provide timely support to Operations and the Equipment Programme.

ATDU, as the name suggests, is a trials and development unit. It is made up from specialists from across the Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) and Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers (REME). The small 71 strong team is supported by 11 civilian employees who work together as an integrated part of our mixed cap badge unit. This dynamic gives it a real family feel and makes it a great place to work. Also on site is a small numbers of Royal Engineers and more recently, a small, but soon to increase, number of Infantry soldiers.

ATDU is tucked away in the woods in the North West corner of the Garrison and as its mission suggests, it conducts trials and develops systems for armoured platforms. The unit also is utilised to ‘talent spot’ for potential systems for the future. It does this by conducting experimental and Private Venture (PV) projects. Keeping the Army at the forefront of cutting edge technology and ensuring it has the best equipment available, makes working at ATDU both exciting and rewarding.

ATDU sits at the heart of MCC development and it is an extremely exciting time to be contributing to the equipment programme. It not only helps to develop current Armoured Platforms, but also provides input into how they will change in the future. The unit also has independent teams working on Scout Vehicle and Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme. They are helping to shape those specific programmes from within, and are working in location with the manufacturers to ensure the user is involved from the outset.

ATDU prides itself in getting the balance right between work and play. Annually, it conducts Adventure Training and a Battlefield Tour. It sees itself as a family unit were the family package is important to the overall health of the unit and so there is a focus to involve the families as much as possible. There are always socials events planned in the calendar and are very well supported.

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