Chechnya apparently plans to produce "jihad cars".
These could be an advantage for Russian soldiers in future front-line operations.
Grozny – Centers of power have formed around Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin and are expanding their influence in the Ukraine war.
One of them is Ramzan Kadyrov – he is regarded as Putin's “bloodhound”.
As president of the Russian republic of Chechnya, Kadyrov is notorious for his brutal means of rule.
According to Kadyrov himself, he sent fighters to Ukraine.
Now Chechnya is said to be planning the construction of a light, military utility vehicle, so-called "jihad machines", for Kadyrov's soldiers.
Ukraine war: For future operations on the war front – Kadyrov plans to build “jihad machines”
According to media reports, the Chechen government wants to commission the construction of the jihad machines.
Talks have recently taken place with the Chechen government and the Russian Federation, the Russian state news agency
reported, citing a Chechen government source.
The production of “jihad cars” was also discussed and how they can be used in the future for training Russian special forces in Chechnya.
In addition, Chechnya is said to be considering building a large military center.
, this is intended for repairs and maintenance of military equipment.
"Jihad machines" produced in Chechnya are similar to SUVs used in Syria
The "jihad machines" are to be tested first at the Russian University for Special Forces (Russian Special Forces University) in Gudermes, reports
Military analyst Viktor Litovkin, in an interview with a Russian media outlet, said that the models of the "jihadi machines" resemble all-terrain vehicles already used on the battlefield in Syria.
These are known to be nimble and agile, according to Litovkin.
"They're designed for reconnaissance behind enemy lines and frontline attacks," the
quoted Litowkin as saying.
"They should attack quickly and then hide again."
According to the
, the car manufacturer Chechen Avto is to start producing fast combat vehicles for fighters from Chechnya.
According to the Telegraph
, the armored vehicles will be
made by the same manufacturer that made a four-wheeled Chaborz military buggy.
Putin's "bloodhound": Soldiers led by Kadyrov are considered particularly brutal
Kadyrov also made an inglorious name for himself in the Ukraine war because his soldiers are considered particularly brutal.
In a Telegram post, Kadyrov wrote that the war against Ukraine was a "godly mission" for the volunteers.
However, his troops in Ukraine appear to have suffered a setback.
Kyiv claims to have killed many Chechens by artillery strikes.
Kadyrov has also criticized Putin.
Most recently, he and Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigoschin had condemned the ordered ban on beards for Russian soldiers.
But although Kadyrov has been critical of the Russian military, the Russian president has so far been friendly towards him.
The Kremlin chief promoted Kadyrov to colonel general in early October.
This is the third highest office in the Russian army after marshal and army general.