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Virtual “Viking” on Saakashvili’s service2011-04-13 22:27
Last week, Saakashvili and his associates got another reason for joy: the long-awaited North-Atlantic Treaty Organization has at last arrived in the Georgian land. Vaziani military base near Tbilisi became center of the regular training in the context of Partnership for the Sake of Peace NATO program under a typical Caucasian name Viking-2011. 24 countries are taking part in the virtual army training based on simulation networks, so the Georgian top may again fantasize about its membership in the military alliance - at least, the virtual one.
about its membership in the military alliance - at least, the virtual one.
The Viking-2011 training will continue until April 14. The name, which is so exotic for the Caucasian Black-Sea coast, is explained by the fact that the training is arranged by Sweden, though the virtual military operation goes on at the Georgian military base. It hosts the main headquarters of the training, which is supervised by Major of Swedish Armed Forces Durbin Johannesson. Even in virtual military actions, NATO members try to prevent Georgians from commanding. On Tbilisi's part, it is Head of the Operational Training Department of the Joint Headquarters of the Georgian Armed Forces Colonel Zurab Tomauri who watches Viking-2011.
130 Georgian citizens and civilians have been involved in the virtual maneuvers; by way of network simulators they practice interaction with the troops of NATO member-countries in the context of a peacekeeping operation in the territory of a mythic state named Bogaland. The events that develop there resemble those that have been lately developing in North Africa and the Middle East. A special computer program with the most realistic scenario was designed for the training.
"The purpose is the strengthening of cooperation, interaction practice and improving cohesiveness of the military, civil, international and non-government organizations of NATO countries and its partners", - representatives of the Georgian Minister of Defense stated at yesterday's briefing.
As GeorgiaTimes correspondent was told by military expert Gia Melitauri, on one hand, under certain circumstances, virtual training can really enhance the level of interaction between various kinds of troops from different countries in a definite war situation.
But the real effect of the computer simulation of military actions is possible only if it serves as an addition to the present army maneuvers. Otherwise, one cannot speak of increasing the troops' military capacity or the level of their interaction.