Project WARDEC


  • The project, which has been given a prototype name ‘WARDEC’, will be a first-of-its-kind simulation-based training centre in India that will use artificial intelligence (AI) to design virtual reality wargames.

About Project WARDEC

  • The Wargame Research and Development Centre will be used by the Army to train its soldiers and test their strategies through “metaverse-enabled gameplay”. Project WARDEC
  • The wargame models will be designed to prepare for wars as well as counter-terror and counter-insurgency operations.

Where will the centre come up and when?

  • The centre will come up in a military zone in New Delhi, confirmed RRU officials privy to the development.
  • The RRU, an institute under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), specialises in national security and policing.
  • Located in Gandhinagar’s Lavad village, it is an “institute of national importance” – a status granted to it by an Act of Parliament.

How will these simulation exercises play out?

  • Soldiers will test their skills in the metaverse where their surroundings will be simulated using a combination of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

How will the centre help the Army?

  • The Army intends to use the wargame centre to train its officers in military strategies.
  • According to RRU officials, the Army will provide data to set the backdrop of the gameplay, so that participants get a realistic experience.

What promise does AI-based wargame simulation hold?

  • Apart from the armed forces, the BSF, CRPF, CISF, ITBP and SSB can also use the metaverse-enabled simulation exercises for better training.
  • The use of AI can provide a totally immersive training experience as it can simulate a battlefield close to reality and map several eventualities in the probable event of a war.
  • For now, the centre will only be used by the Army but the intent is to develop it into a state-of-the-art research centre where other security agencies can also take part.

How many countries use such wargaming drills?

  • Since the 9/11 attacks, use of information technology-enabled wargaming is preferred by several countries like the US, Israel, the UK to prepare for possibilities in case of terror attacks or war.


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