What is the Battery Commander (GBAD) Course?

Aim of the Course

To develop the skills and knowledge of selected officers in order to train them to train them to perform the tasks of a Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) Battery Commander (BC).

Facilitated by IDT(A).

Entry Standards

  • Lieutenant (OF-1).
  • IELTS Level 5.5.


Two (2) weeks, with one course per year.


Royal School of Artillery Larkhill.

Outline of Course

  • UK GBAD Capabilities.
    • Students will gain a technical awareness of all UK GBAD weapon systems and Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP) assets.
  • GBAD Planning.
    • Students will be updated on the threats currently faced by UK GBAD forces, including briefs from Fixed Wing (FW) and Rotary Wing (RW) pilots.
    • They will then receive training on how to conduct GBAD planning, focusing on the Brigade Air Defence Cell (BADC), the conduct of the GBAD estimate as well as carrying out GBAD table top planning exercises up to and including the deployment of GBAD assets.
  • GBAD Command and Control (C2) and Integration.
    • Students will be able to understand how the air defence battle is controlled from the Formation Air Defence Cell (FADC) down to the Fire Co-Ordination Cell (FCC) at Battlegroup level, including an insight into GBAD Command Post (CP) procedures.
    • They will also find out how GBAD is integrated into the air and maritime components.
  • GBAD Assurance Processes.
    • The students will get the opportunity to visit the UK GBAD formation headquarters and gain an understanding on how they assure their GBAD Units.
    • This will include what role the Battery Commander plays in the process.
  • GBAD Range Practices.
    • The students will gain an understanding on how to plan and conduct GBAD range practices (only for UK GBAD weapon systems).
    • The students will undertake the Officer in Charge (OIC) Practice qualification, which will allow them to conduct Battery missile practice camps.

Qualifications Gained



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