Russian Tank biathlon 2016 international contest began at Alabino range near Moscow 13107162

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Russian Tank biathlon 2016 international contest began at Alabino range near Moscow.
The Russian “Tank biathlon” international contest began at the Alabino range (Moscow Region). Teams of Russia, Kazakhstan, Serbia and India are participating in the first race. The Tank Biathlon World Championship consists of tests of driving, racing and shooting with various vehicles. It features 39 crews from 13 countries.


According to the draw procedure, Russian team is competing on the green-coloured tank, Serbia took the yellow one, military servicemen from India and Kazakhstan are in the blue and red ones respectively.

A lot of spectators, representatives of 19 countries-participants, Ministers of Defence of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan are watching the competition.

Servicemen from Mongolia, Kuwait, and Armenia will compete in the second race on yellow, blue, and green tanks respectively.

In total, 51 tank crews will compete for the title of the best (three ones from each country and team of Voluntary Association for Assistance to Army, Air Force and Navy will participate in the contest non-competitively)

Team of Belarus is operating T-72 tanks modernized at the plants of the Republic. Team of China is operating its own tanks. All rest teams are operating T-72B3 Russian tanks.

This year the competitions will be more dynamic. Twelve teams will take part in the semi-finals except for 8 ones. The contest Finals will be held on August 13.

The individual race began on Saturday, when the crews went through the track and shot at 8 targets to earn a place on the leaderboard, with time penalties handed out for missed targets The competition will winnow down the teams until the final race, when the four best crews will face each other on August 13, the last day of the International Military Games.

Russian tank crew showed the best time of the “Individual race” on the first day of the “Tank biathlon” contest.

Russian military servicemen overcame all obstacles for 23 min 18 sec.

The Indian crew headed by Sgt. Prabhu Thapa showed 25 min 02 sec. Tank crew from Kazakhstan commanded by Senior Lieutenant Zhanat Zhahin took the third place passing the route for 26 min 22 sec.