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The main prize for the foreign teams is the new principal combat tank of the Russian armed forces, the T-90. Source: Press photo

Tank crews representing 13 countries from around the globe are putting the final touches to preparations for the second Tank Biathlon World Championship, an annual test of racing, shooting and driving prowess for the armed forces.

The tank biathlon championship, which begins on August 1 at the Alabino Firing Range near Moscow, features crews from 13 different countries: Angola, Armenia, Venezuela, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Kuwait, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Russia, Tajikistan and Serbia. The competition is now part of the International Army Games.

“Russia has created a unique and entertaining form of demonstrating the skills and knowledge of various kinds of forces and invited the armed forces of many countries,” said Commander of the Chief Directorate of Military Preparation of the Russian Armed Forces Lieutenant General Ivan Buvaltsev.

“As a result this year at the International Army Games there will be more than 60 teams from different countries, something that can be compared to the Olympic Games. For Russia’s Defense Ministry it is important that the games attract the attention of ordinary Russians. Large-scale and effectively dynamic demonstrations of military technology substantially increase the prestige of our army,” said Buvaltsev.

 

More participants, same rules

This year tank crews from 13 countries, which in the difficult political climate have proven to be Russia’s partners in military-technical cooperation, will compete for first prize in heavy combat-like conditions. Among the participants will be Nicaragua, which, according to several Russian media sources, is seen as a potential buyer of Russian T-72B tanks.

The army games will be held simultaneously on 11 firing ranges that are located on the borders of three military districts (Western, Southern and Central) between the Siberian and North Caucasus military districts. The program includes 14 field, air and sea competitions.

The tank biathlon is a purely Russian invention. It is a special type of military-applied sport and a new format of spectacular competition involving real combat tank crews. The participants compete against each other in tank maneuvering, speed and accuracy in firing from the basic and additional weapons located on the tank.

This year’s tank biathlon competitions have not seen any changes with respect to 2014 and consist of four stages: an individual race, a 3-kilometer sprint, a chase and a relay race.

The 7.1-kilometer course includes a speed section, firing sections and obstacles such as a track through minefields, two slopes, a fire lane, an anti-tank ditch, a barrier and maneuvering section, a mound, two escarpments, a ford and a mockup of a track bridge.

 

T-72 is still the favorite

The crews will mostly be competing in Russian T-72 tanks (and its modification, the 72B3). The Chinese team, as last year, will try its luck with Chinese tanks, the Tip-96. This tank performed well last year, but the loss of its caterpillar track left China behind the Russians, resulting in a third-place finish.

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The Diplomat is reporting that Russia will host the World Tank Biathlon Championship starting on August 1.  This competition, including tank crews from 17 countries, will take place a the Alabino firing range in the suburbs of Moscow.  Participating countries include Belarus, China, Egypt, India, Nicaragua and Tajikistan as well as others.  All participants save for China will be using T-72B3 tanks.  The Chinese crews will be using their own ZTZ-96A MBT.  Last year, Angola, Armenia, Belarus, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia, and Venezuela participated in the various competitions with Russia coming in first, Armenia second, and China third.  Next to the tank biathlon, there will be a total of 12 other challenges including the “Masters of Air Defense,” “Masters of Artillery Fire,” as well as “Airborne Platoon” competitions. Russia is the only country to participate in all 13 events, according to the event’s website.

Full article here.

Video from Tank Biathlon 2014.


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