There are more than enough experienced gunners to send a battery of our own now. The only problem is political will, not capability. Our gunners are certainly capable enough - the gun troop from 8/12 that just got back from Op Herrick fired 123 missions, ~ 20 000 shells and was the only troop in the battlegroup not to fire a mistake - all the British gun troops did.
Interesting to note that 8/12 will fire their first Excaliber from an M-198 in mid December, so there is no reason they could not be deployed if required. They're pretty keen to get into the fight are the gunners - they're sick of being laughed at.
I wouldn't have a problem with the guns being deployed. However I wouldn question is whether extra guns are needed in A'stan. I get the impression that NATO has heaps of fire support assets and that its really infantry which is needed at this stage.
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