Russia flexes muscles against terrorists
Although the scale of the fighting pales in comparison with the Chechen campaigns, Russia's internal forces are still engaged in a simmering conflict with Islamic militants.
And whilst Chechnya has a heavy security presence, the neighboring North Caucuses republics frequently require special operations to root out terrorist cells.
The internal forces chief believes his men are better prepared than ever.
“These days we receive sufficient funding. We spend the money prudently, and this enables us to maintain a force that can satisfy all the requirements,” Nikolay Rogozhkin, Russia’s Internal Forces commander-in-Chief, said.
Although these exercises demonstrate brute strength, fighting terrorism in the future will increasingly require precision, guile and a thoroughly modern tactical approach.