The Squad Tactics Class

What is the Squad Tactics Class?

Max Velocity Tactical (MVT) offers 4 Day HEAT Squad Tactics training events. These are immersive scenario based training events utilizing AirSim professional training weapons. The HEAT Squad Tactics classes involve the practical application of team based combat tactics in realistic training scenarios against a dedicated opposing force (OPFOR).

Force on Force events are an excellent training opportunity as part of the MVT training progression – these events fill a vital role in developing your tactical effectiveness, with a focus on teamwork, leadership, and team communication along with effective tactical application. 

Squad Tactics is the successor to the Combat Leader Course (8 Days).

Squad Tactics offers the opportunity, should you choose it, to work as a squad leader, a team leader, or simply as a rifleman. Those not in leadership positions will rotate through riflemen positions. There are no training prerequisites.

We have settled on the AirSim gas blowback rifles as the best way to simulate close combat in woods / buildings. The rifles operate just like an AR15 and provide accurate fire, at reasonable ranges, which to allows positions to be effectively suppressed.

A squad leaders, you will plan, present and rehearse your missions, before deploying to conduct them. Who lives and who dies, and if you defeat the enemy forces, is a matter of how well you plan and rehearse it! Each mission is a compressed Full Mission Profile, including Force on Force execution.

Sign Up for the 2022 Squad Tactics Class (12-15 May)

Class Schedule:

Thursday AM:

  • Arrival / Reception.
  • AirSim Issue / Brief / Test Fire.
  • Lectures: mission planning / orders.
  • Tactics rehearsals / demonstration.

Thursday PM:

  • Cadre-Led Orders / Rehearsals.
  • Cadre-Led mission.

Friday – Saturday:

  • Two full mission profiles (FMP) per day.
  • Each mission planned / briefed / rehearsed by a student volunteer Patrol Leader.
  • Missions may include: raid, ambush, hostage rescue, woodland / CQB etc.
  • Sequence:
    • Receive Mission (the night before).
    • Battle Procedure: planning, mission brief, rehearsals.
    • Execute Mission: AirSim force on force battle exercise.
    • Debrief / lessons learned.


  • Final student mission.
  • AAR.
  • Depart.

Patrol Leader positions (x 5) will be given to student volunteers. The first mission will be cadre (i.e. Max) led. When not a Patrol Leader, or if you don’t want to do it, you will fill spaces as Riflemen and Team Leaders.

Note: There are no MVT class prerequisites for attendance at FOF; students should be at an appropriate training level where they can manipulate and operate their weapon, allowing them to focus on the Force on Force training. Such initial training may be gained elsewhere. Examples of appropriate MVT classes providing this instruction are are: HEAT 0.5 & HEAT 1.

The MVT Fitness Assessment is NOT Required.

The H.E.A.T. FOF events are woodland based, utilizing the training range of the AirSim Professional Training Rifles, and incorporating the CQB buildings / structures into the training environment.

OPFOR (Opposing Force):

  • There will be a requirement for a 4-6 man volunteer OPFOR to support the training objectives.
  • There are learning opportunities for OPFOR, by taking part as enemy and listening to debriefs.
  • OPFOR will not pay tuition.

Sign Up for the 2022 Squad Tactics Class (12-15 May)