Saturday, December 16, 2017

Russian military participates in Tank Biathlon competition

Military tank crews from the Kemerovo, Orenburg, Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk regions have each passed the qualifying rounds for this year's Tank Biathlon competition.

Held last week in the Moscow suburb of Chebarkul, the qualifying event challenged tank crews from across all regions of Russia in a series of events testing their maneuvering, weapons firing and teamwork skills, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

Each team competed in a T-72B tank, the standard combat tank of the Russian army. During the day-long qualifying event, crews competed in a relay race, forded a seven-mile road, evaded anti-tank fire, crossed an active minefield and maneuvered through an obstacle course while being fired on by drone gunners.

New for this year's Tank Biathlon event was a physical fitness competition, requiring crew members to demonstrate their stamina and strength outside of the tanks by climbing fences and running distances while carrying boxes of heavy ammunition, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta.

Of the four qualifying teams, three will be selected to move on to the all-Russian Alabino tank event. Following that, the highest-scoring Russian tank team will advance to the World Cup to compete against crews from 13 other countries.