News from: ITAR-TASS News Agency (now how cool is this!)
The Tank Biathlon, which is analogous to the Olympic biathlon discipline, was invented by the Russian military and the first international competition was held in August 2013. Moscow with international tank crews from 11 (correction from 12) countries participating in the newly introduced global military sporting event. The first ever Tank Biathlon World Championship, crews from Angola, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Serbia will compete in the first heat. They will be followed by the crews of hosts Russia, China, Kuwait and Armenia in the second heat and then by India, Belarus, Venezuela in the third heat.
The championship’s second stage, which is 3 km Sprint, runs on August 8-9 and the third stage, which is pursuit, runs on August 11-12. All international crews were provided with Russia’s T-72B tanks, or Slingshot, according to NATO classification, while China brought their own tanks for the championship.
According to the rules of tank biathlon, crews must navigate a distance of up to 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) evading various obstacles, crossing rivers and bridges and shoot at a set of targets. Tanks that miss a target get a penalty lap. (end news article)
The T-72 is a Soviet second-generation main battle tank that entered production in 1971.
The T-72 was the most common tank used by the Warsaw Pact from the 1970s to the collapse of the Soviet Union. It was also exported to other countries, such as Finland, India, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Yugoslavia, as well as being copied elsewhere, both with and without licenses.
Licensed versions of the T-72 were made in Poland and Czechoslovakia, for WARPAC consumers. These tanks had better and more consistent quality of make but with inferior armor, lacking the resin-embedded ceramics layer inside the turret front and glacis armour, replaced with all steel.
Manufacture Uralvagonzavod (UVZ): T-72B (1985 one year shy of a classic) New main gun, stabilizer, sights, and fire control, capable of firing 9M119 Svir guided missile, additional armour including 20 mm (0.8 in) of appliqué armour in the front of hull, improved V12 Diesel @ 840 hp (630 kW) engine. Weight: 41.5 tons, Transmission: Synchromesh hydraulically assisted with 7 forward and 1 reverse gears. Speed: is rated @ 60 km/h (37 mph) that figure is from the T-72A with 780 hp (582 kw) another 60 hp I’m sure we could see speeds of 40 mph (64.36 km/h). I sense tank upgrades coming soon, today’s tanks roll @ 60 mph (95.56 km/h)
Second stage of tank biathlon World Championship, there will more of this posted as the competition continues so check out RT about The 2014 Tank Biathlon.
Maybe all War is not hell, for this is pretty damn cool!
Check out this post Comrade, The Military Store, Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) the T-90C M is featured there!
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We will be watching and anticipating on this series to go national for a tour, whatcha say? Lets go Tanking Boys’.