All you need to know about Indian Army’s upcoming unit ‘OPFOR’ for realistic military exercises

The plans for OPFOR are presently in the discussion phase and are awaiting final approval from the Army’s top leadership.
Indian Army (File Photo)
Indian Army (File Photo)

New Delhi: The Indian Army is reportedly in the process of establishing a new unit called OPFOR, or “opposing forces,” aimed at simulating adversarial roles during military exercises and wargame training.

The plans for OPFOR are presently in the discussion phase and are awaiting final approval from the Army’s top leadership, Indian Express reported citing senior officials aware of the development.

The decision to create this unit stemmed from discussions during the Army Commanders’ Conference held last month, where senior officers deliberated on enhancing combat potential through realistic wargaming and training scenarios.

Similar concepts are already in use in countries like the United States.

The proposed OPFOR unit will be formed from existing military units and will mirror the weapons, operating methods, and tactics of potential adversaries.

This approach aims to provide regular troops with scenarios closely resembling actual wartime conditions.

Traditionally, military exercises divide participating troops into “blue land” and “red/yellow land,” with the latter representing adversarial forces.

Currently, the Army provides courses on adversarial force roles and tactics primarily to officers.

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