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Serbian Police Special Forces Participating the Triathlon of Special Purpose in Moscow


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Posted in column: News Photo: K. Lazarev

Earlier this month a Triathlon of Special Purpose was organized at the training center of the famous Russian counter-terrorist unit Vityaz (Russ. Витязь). Seventh in a row, the international triathlon was dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the Russian Alpha Group (the organizational part of the Alpha Department), as well as 90th anniversary of the famous Soviet Dzierzhynski Division.

The competition brought together 14 teams of the special units from Russia, Belarus and Serbian team was consisted of the operators of the Special Anti-terrorist Unit, Counter Terrorist Unit and Gendarmerie.

At the Vityaz training center many citizens arrived, including many children who had just finished their military patriotic camping and training entitled “Young Commando”. State officials and special forces operators present at the training center, the birthplace of the famous Russian Spetsnaz motto “Terrorism is a disease, call the doctors”[1], underlined the importance of the international collaboration, the exchange of information as well experiences in order to fight crime and terrorism more effectively.

The triathlon was divided into three phases, with obstacles and tasks organized in a manner that required the implementation of multiple skills from various segments of training. This kind of approach is of great significance to the training of operators, because it is a reliable foundation for effective executions of duties and tasks.


Given tasks in the competition required intensive teamwork. Photo: K. Lazarev

In the first phase of the competition participants had the task to neutralize all the terrorist presented by drawing targets, shooting from vehicles. Then, they were obliged to provide first aid to the driver who simulated wounding and conduct his evacuation to the safe area after his stabilization, respectively. During this phase several submachine guns were used, such as Russian PP 2000, as well as German MP5, along with several semi-auto handguns. All actions had to be completed as soon as possible, because the final team ranking was classified according to total execution time and every mistake (i.e. a missed terrorist target or neutralized friendly target) considered time penalties.


Accuracy and shooting speed were put to the test within the complex indoors stage. Photo: K. Lazarev

During the second phase, physical fitness of the operators was tested with complex and challenging infantry obstacles range, and immediately afterwards, without a rest, operators had to neutralize enemy targets by firing from submachine guns. Among the set targets it was necessary to neutralize the targets of four terrorist that differed in small details from the targets representing hostages.


Overcoming the vertical obstacles with successive execution of tactical tasks. Photo: K. Lazarev

The third and the last phase referred to the attitude obstacles crossing by climbing with a rope and successive dropping and shooting at targets through the openings in the barriers. Viewers had the opportunity to ensure in the dexterity and determination of all the participants while overcoming these obstacles.

In the end, the first place went to the team of the famous Belarusian Almaz, the second and the third to the teams of the Russian Alphas. Serbian operators at last year`s competition were present as observers, while this year they competed. The host to the Serbian special forces operators was the former Vityaz commander, Sergei Lisjuk (Russ. Сергей Лысюк).

[1] Russ. "Tерроризм это болезнь! Встречайте доктора!".

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