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Russia to build a 'tactical city' for special anti-terror forces

By Nikolai Litovkin, Russia Beyond the Headlines
Russia to build a 'tactical city' for special anti-terror forces
Russia's international anti-terrorist command and staff exercises. Photo courtesy of Russian Ministry of Defense

Russia is to build a special complex dedicated entirely to preparing special forces that will be able to take decisive action in the event of a terrorist attack.

According to Yulia Plavinskaya, communications director at the future International Training Center for the Special Forces, the private center will be built in Gudermes, in the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya (1,150 miles south of Moscow), in 2018.

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In the words of the region's president Ramzan Kadyrov, construction is being financed by Russian investments. However, he has not said exactly which companies are providing the funds.

It is planned that representatives of all Russian security agencies, as well as foreign ones, will be able to use the center's services.

Kadyrov notes that some foreign countries have expressed the desire to send their fighters for training in Gudermes, including China, Canada and Kazakhstan.

The 400-hectare complex will basically be a tactical city for working with all possible terrorist scenarios: liberating hostages in a school, on a bus or plane, in the metro and other public places.

The future elite fighters will also train for combating militants in forests and mountainous areas around the base.

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The center's airborne preparation program will be expanded to include landing with a wingsuit, a special suit with fabric between the legs and under the arms that resembles a flying squirrel, reports RIA Novosti. It will help the fighter reduce his falling speed to 45 mph and glide at a speed of 155 mph.

This article originally appeared at Russia Beyond the Headlines.

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