Artillery Brigade (Finnish Army)
The Colour of the Artillery Brigade
|Active||26 May 1794–1811: Kungliga finska artilleriregementet (Royal Finnish Artillery Regiment) Swedish Army
1918–1952: Kenttätykistörykmentti 1 (Field Artillery Regiment 1)
1952–1956: Kenttätykistörykmentti 2
1957–1992: Satakunnan tykistörykmentti (Satakunta Artillery Regiment, SatTR)
|Size||400 career personnel, 1,100 conscripts|
|Main training equipment||D-30, 155 K 98, 155 K 83, MLRS|
|Decorations||Order of the Cross of Liberty|
|Battle honours||Civil War of Finland
|Col. Mikael Feldt|
Artillery Brigade (Finnish Tykistöprikaati) is a Finnish Army unit situated in Niinisalo, in Western Finland. The Artillery Brigade trains conscripts and regular personnel for war-time artillery duties. In addition, it provides a weather service in the Niinisalo region, and trains most of the Finnish Defence Forces' dogs. The total strength of the brigade is some 800 conscripts and 400 regular civilian and military personnel.
The Artillery Brigade consists of the Satakunta Artillery Regiment, the Reconnaissance Battalion, the Artillery School, and the Satakunta Military Band. Every year, some 1,600 conscripts are trained by the brigade. The Satakunta Artillery Regiment fields two cannon batteries, with equipment ranging from 122 mm light howitzers to 155 mm cannons and a support battery consisting entirely out of communications personnel and spotters. The Reconnaissance Battalion fields a heavy rocket launcher battery, a UAV battery, a Headquarters Battery as well as a UAV Reconnaissance Battery. The conscripts participate in several live-fire exercises in the nearby firing range at Pohjankangas, before the two- or three-week-long national live-fire artillery exercise held twice a year in Rovajärvi firing range in Lapland.
The Artillery School provides University-level education for future artillery officers and continuing education for artillery regular personnel.
- Varusmiehiä kouluttavat joukko-osastot 2008. Reserviläinen 1/2008, p.38. ISSN 0557-8477 (Finnish)