Georgian Elite, also known as the Special Forces Brigade (Georgian: სპეციალური დანიშნულების ბრიგადა) is an elite component of the Georgian Armed Forces. Georgian Elite conducts special operations involving areas of counter-terrorism against the country of Georgia. They appeared in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell during the final mission, Presidential Palace.
Towards the end of the Georgian Information Crisis on November 13th, 2004, the new Georgian president, Varlam Cristavi, was pushed into office by the Central Intelligence Agency following former President Kombayn Nikoladze's removal from office. Cristavi used the Georgian Elite to move into the Presidential Palace and eliminate any officers loyal to Nikoladze as they cleared the grounds following Nikoladze's removal from office. Nikoladze gained immunity by the newly appointed Georgian President Varlam Cristavi, with Nikoladze reasoning with Cristavi regarding a Special Atomic Demolition Munition (SADM) called "The Ark" that Nikoladze had already planted at Hope's Gate, close to Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States of America.
The Georgian Elite are the toughest enemies encountered in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, identifiable by their splitter camouflage, kevlar vests, helmets and in some cases Night-Vision Goggles where they are able to locate the player regardless if they are concealed in the darkness or not. The only Georgian Elite wearing NVG are located in the underground vault, similar to Sam Fisher's Multi-Vision Goggles, they glow red and can be seen without using night vision. They specialized in advanced combat tactics, such as utilizing cover during firefights and often attempting to flank the player.
Inside of the Georgian Presidential Palace, the Georgian Elite patrol all areas of the corridors, entrance hall, the library, the underground vault, the dining hall and the courtyard. During the Presidential Palace mission, the player may encounter any from ten to twenty Georgian Elite. They work with the palace guards and oppose Nikoladze's officers and the player during the course of the Presidential Palace mission.
The Georgian Elite are by far one of the toughest personnel faced in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell. The equipments they use include:
- Smoke grenades
- Kevlar body armor
- Knee pads
- Elbow pads
- Military Tactical gloves
- Night-Vision Goggles
- The Georgian Elite have so far only appeared in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell.
- They are the first enemies encountered in the Splinter Cell series that wear Night-Vision Goggles. Their NVGs glow red and can be seen without using night vision, similar to Sam Fisher's goggles.
- Despite being opposed to Kombayn Nikoladze's troops during the Presidential Palace mission, they are never encountered showing open combat towards each other. However, the player does encounter the remnants of previous engagements between the opposing sides, such as bodies of Nikoladze's men.