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.
Video from Tank Biathlon 2014.