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Chapter 4
Mechanized Infantry and
Tank Brigades

The basic maneuver unit is the brigade, consisting of maneuver battalions and a wide array of combat support and combat service support elements.1 A separate brigade is not part of a division. Instead, it is directly subordinate to a military district or an army. In contrast, a divisional brigade is always part of a division.2

An infantry-based OPFOR consists primarily of motorized infantry or infantry units. However, even an infantry-based OPFOR has some mechanized infantry and tank brigades. The mechanized infantry brigade has two basic types: one equipped with armored personnel carriers (APCs) and one equipped with infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs). Each type also has separate and divisional versions. A mechanized infantry brigade may have some subordinates in common with a division (see Chapters 1 and 2). For brigade subordinates also common to motorized infantry brigades, see Chapter 3.

CONTENTS

Mechanized Infantry Brigade (Separate)

Mechanized Infantry Brigade (APC) (Separate)

Mechanized Infantry Brigade (IFV) (Divisional)

Mechanized Infantry Brigade (Divisional)

Mechanized Infantry Brigade (APC) (Divisional)

Mechanized Infantry Brigade (IFV) (Divisional)

Mechanized Infantry Brigade (APC), Mech Inf Bde (Sep and Div)

Mechanized Infantry Brigade (IFV), Mech Inf Bde (Sep and Div) and Tank Bde

Battalion Headquarters, Mech Inf Bn

Mechanized Infantry Company, Mech Inf Bn

Mechanized Infantry Platoon, Mech Inf Co

Mechanized Infantry Squad, Mech Inf Plt

SAM Platoon, Mech Inf Bn or SAM Bn (SA-11)

Automatic Grenade Launcher Platoon, Mech Inf Bn

Automatic Grenade Launcher Squad, AGL Plt, Mech Inf Bn

Antitank Platoon, Mech Inf Bn (APC)

ATGM Platoon, Mech Inf Bn (IFV)

Supply and Service Platoon, Mech Inf Bn

Self-Propelled Antiaircraft Gun Battery (23-mm), Mech Inf Bde (Sep and Div) and Tank Bde or SP Arty Regt

Antitank Battalion, Mech Inf Bde (Sep) or Mech Inf Div, or Army or CDF or National

Battalion Headquarters, Antitank Bn, Mech Inf Bde (Sep) or Mech Inf Div or CDF or National

Antitank Gun Battery, Antitank Bn, Mech Inf Bde (Sep) or Mech Inf Div or CDF or National

Reconnaissance Company, Mech Inf Bde (APC) (Sep), Mtzd Inf Bde (Sep) and Inf Bde (Sep)

Reconnaissance Platoon (Wheeled), Mtzd Inf Bde (Div) and Inf Bde (Div), or Recon Co, Mtzd Inf Bde (Sep), Inf Bde (Sep), Mech Inf Bde (APC or IFV) (Sep), and Tank Bde

Reconnaissance Company, Mech Inf Bde (IFV) (Sep) and Tank Bde

Reconnaissance Platoon (Tracked), Mech Inf Bde (IFV) (Div), or Recon Co, Mech Inf Bde (IFV) (Sep) and Tank Bde, or Recon Co, Recon & EC Bn, Mech Inf Div or MD or Army or CDF or DMI

Engineer Company, Mech Inf Bde (Sep and Div) or Mech Inf Div or MD

Signal Company, Mech Inf Bde (Sep and Div) and Tank Bde, or Mech Inf Div or MD

Maintenance Company, Mech Inf Bde (Sep and Div) and Tank Bde, or MD

Tank Brigade (94-Tank Standard)

Tank Battalion (31-Tank Standard), Tank Bde (94-Tank Standard)

Battalion Headquarters, Tank Bn, Tank Bde or Separate Tank Bn

Headquarters and Service Platoon, Tank Bn, Tank Bde

Tank Company (10-Tank Standard), Tank Bn (31-Tank Standard) or Separate Tank Bn

Engineer Company, Tank Bde

Materiel Support Company, Tank Bde

Tank Brigade (67-Tank Variant)

Tank Battalion (22-Tank Variant), Tank Bde (67-Tank Variant)

Tank Company (7-Tank Variant), Tank Bn (22-Tank Variant) or Separate Tank Bn


1 Some infantry-based forces may call the same organization a regiment. This difference in terminology does not signify a different structure or capability.

2 Since the infantry-based OPFOR has no tank divisions, all tank brigades are actually separate. With no divisional counterpart, however, the designation as separate is superfluous.



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