The U.S. Army has constructed an elaborate fake city in Virginia designed for terrorism combat training, spanning 300 acres and complete with a five-story embassy, a bank, a school, an underground subway and train station, a mosque, a football stadium and a helicopter landing zone, the U.K. Telegraph reported.
Located in Fort A.P. Hill, Va., according to the Fredricksburg Free Lance-Star, less than an hour north of Richmond, the facility includes bridges and other other structures that can be adapted for specific purposes and scenarios.
The Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group opened the training center last month, the Telegraph reported. The division was created in 2004 to help combat terrorism and deal more effectively with emerging threats.
Col. John P. Petkosek, commander of the group, said of the new training city: “This is the place where we can be creative, where we can come up with solutions for problems that we don’t even know we have yet.”
“This is where we’ll look at solutions for the future — material solutions and non-material solutions … anything from how you’re going to operate in a subterranean environment to how you dismount a Humvee to avoid an IED strike,” he said. “The things that we do here at this facility will have a direct and lasting impact on our entire army.”
It has taken six years for the site to be developed, including two years of construction, the Telegraph reported.
The following is a video report from the facility via DVIDS.com:
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)
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