Project HANNIBAL is a multi-faceted training provision that supplies a world-class opposing force against which the Army can test itself at collective training events.

HANNIBAL delivers a suite of subject matter experts with key military experience to represent the adversary and stimulate response to a range of threat actors and frictions encountered in contemporary operations.

The result is a holistic and scalable real-time 24/7 exercise conducted in an authentic environment against a capable foe lasting up to three weeks.

The HANNIBAL ethos is to support the Army in their determination to learn to win.

In detail the capability consists of:


A world class Enemy and Adversary (OPFOR) that presents a complex hybrid threat, capable of operating unconstrained across the spectrum of conflict. It includes regular forces up to a peer plus enemy, irregular forces, militias and guerrillas, proxies (including private military companies), criminals and state sponsored activity, and information manoeuvre in a range of Decisive Action Training Environments – principally Eastern Europe and East Africa.

Threat Tactics Course

HANNIBAL is also responsible for the content and delivery of the Threat Tactics Course, enabling OPFOR activity in both constructive and live environments to be delivered via realistic and coherent injects and role players including White Cell at the appropriate level, responding to tactical action throughout the training event and contributing to the cognitive frictions encountered in modern operations and warfare.

Exercise Control (EXCON)

HANNIBAL designs and delivers a relevant, coherent and dynamic learning event where it controls the levers that test the training audience to the point of failure and where those effects are measured, recorded and promulgated to support review and force development. EXCON will operate a battle rhythm that brings White Cell and OPFOR together for coordinated, dynamic activity in line with exercise aims and objectives.

Senior Mentors

Project HANNIBAL’s proven ‘Senior Mentor Handbook’ serves as a handrail for delivery. Mentors with command experience will know how to enrich the learning experience for commanders, and their staff will assist the Land Warfare Centre’s Command and Staff Tactical Training Group (CSTTG) in the delivery of realistic, coherent exercises that challenge the training audience. Their flexibility and innovation will ensure the event achieves the right tempo to deliver a rich learning event.

In Summary, HANNIBAL provides a capability that is designed, maintained and managed to challenge the training audience and enhance learning. It will deliver a realistic, unconstrained threat that stimulates performance by seeking to replicate faithfully the frictions of contemporary operations, including the growing challenges of hybrid warfare.