Commando Tropas Especiales (CTE) are part of Cuban special forces and they are specialized for jungle warfare (fighting in the jungle). Members of Commando Tropas especiales have taken part in battles in Angola and other African countries. They also have been involved in the conflicts in Central America, as in Nicaragua. According to the various sources, the operators from the Commando Tropas Especiales are highly skilled and trained for infiltration, sniper operations, working with biological warfare and espionage. Commando Tropas Especiales are consisted of the teams which are trained to work in small groups that are able to locate high value and strategically important targets and finish the job.
History of Cuban special forces – Commando Tropas Especiales (CTE)
The Commando Tropas especiales (CTE) was formed in the mid-1980, at the training center for Cuban special units in Los Palacios. The training center located in Los Palacios is commonly known as Baragua school and is situated in a large valley in the mountains near Pinar del Rio. The Cuban special forces training center is known for its large space, within which there are several artificial lakes with very modern training equipment suitable for various training topics. Training Center was established by de la Guardia brothers. The school is able to host up to 2500 soldiers for a single training. The Cuban advisers are backed up by instructors and specialistis from China and Vietnam, who are assigned to the Cuba to help and assist Cuban personell during the training courses.
At the training center, future members of Cuban special forces are training for direct action, special reconnaissance, psychological operations. They also receive training in parachuting, underwater operations, target interceptions, strategic reconnaissance and intelligence operations.
Equipment of the Cuban special forces
The money may buy everything, so the Cubans have managed to create a good arsenal of various modern weapons. The members of Cuban special forces, Commando Tropas Especiales were seen brandishing Stechkin pistols, Colt M1911 pistols, Springfield and Garand rifles, FN-FAL, newer FN CAL, assault rifles M-16 (some with M-203 grenade launchers and sniper sights), Spain’s Z-84 machine guns or Barnett Commando bows.
There’s not many informations public known about Commando Tropas Especiales or Cuban Special Forces itself, specially about the training and operations of this unit.