Special Antiterrorist Force
Specijalna Antiteroristicka Jedinica [SAJ]
The Special Antiterrorist Force [Specijalna Antiteroristicka Jedinica - SAJ], are elite police formations for combat in crisis situations, created in 1978. They were originally stationed at Belgrade Airport and their commander was Radovan Stojcic Badza. Later they were relocated to Batajnica Airport and their new commander was Zoran Simovic Tutinac. The entire SAJ is under the command of General Obrad Stevanovic, Commander of the Serbian Special Police Forces.
There are two SAJ units, one in Vojvodina, the other in Kosovo. Originally, the SAJ numbered about 200 men, but their numbers have been steadily increasing, with the total number of these police forces approaching 500 men. Among the many training grounds, they use the Paklenik training center in Goc, where there is a model town in which they practice fighting in an urban environment.
The SAJ is equipped with helicopters of the US Jet Ranger and Long Ranger types. Unlike the special units of the Yugoslav Army, the special unit from Batajnica uses automatic guns of the Heckler-Koch MP-5 type in various 9-mm-caliber versions and Heckler-Koch G-3 SSG sniper rifles (they have already been used for 17 years), caliber 7.62-mm X51 (NATO caliber). They have the support of helicopter units whenever necessary. The SAJ uses several kinds of uniforms for operations in urban, field, and night situations. For semi-war operations they use black uniforms with black head masks with apertures for the eyes.
The operation of destroying the KLA concentration in Donji Prekaz took several days. In addition to the SAJ, this operation included Special Police forces. The special police anti-terrorist units, after destroying a KLA force in the village of Donje Prekaze on 05 March 1998, were redeployed with their equipment and materiel back to their permanent base outside the area.
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