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The most spectacular competition of the International Army Games – “Tank Biathlon” begins today. This competition became the ancestor of the ARMI. In 2013, for the first time, the teams of four countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) met at the Alabino training ground and determined the best national team among tankers. Having won for the first time in 2013, the Russian team invariably became the winner of the competition 8 times.

This year, 19 teams will take part in the Tank Biathlon, which are divided into 2 divisions.

There are 11 teams in the first division: winners and prize-winners of 2020: Russia, China, Belarus, – as well as the teams that showed the best results in previous years: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Serbia, Venezuela, Syria and the winner of the 2nd division 2020 of the year – the national team of Vietnam.

The second division included the national teams of Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Tajikistan, Myanmar, Qatar, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and the national team of Mali, participating in the competition for the first time.

Tank Biathlon will be held from 22 August to 4 September. It includes the stage “Individual race”, semi-final and final relay races.

On August 16, a draw for teams was held at the Army Museum, where the colors of the tanks and the starting tracks for the “Individual Race” stage were determined.

The green color was given to the teams of Russia, Kazakhstan, Venezuela, Myanmar and Tajikistan. Blue – for tankers from Syria, Azerbaijan, Mali and Abkhazia. The yellow color went to the national teams of Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and South Ossetia. The national teams of China, Vietnam, Serbia will perform on the red tanks. Laos and Qatar.

In this stage, 3 crews participate from each team (with the exception of the Mali national team, represented by one crew). In total, 55 crews are involved in the stage.

The schedule of arrivals can be found on the website of the Russian Ministry of Defense in the section International Army Games.

Today, the start in the first race of the first division will be hosted by the national teams of Russia, Uzbekistan and China; the national teams of Laos, Kyrgyzstan, Mali and Myanmar will start in the first race of the second division.

Based on the results of individual races, the best tank crew and prize-winners of the 2021 Tank Biathlon competition will be determined.

Also, based on the results of the first stage, the semifinal relay races will be formed, which will be held on August 31 and September 1. On September 3 and 4, the final relay races of the competition will take place, based on the results of which the best teams will be determined.

The winner of the second division will be eligible to compete in the first division in 2022.

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The 2021 International Army Games will be held from August 22 to September 4 on the territory of 11 states (Russia, Algeria, Armenia, Belarus, Vietnam, Iran, Qatar, Kazakhstan, China, Serbia, Uzbekistan). In total, more than 5 thousand servicemen, consisting of 277 teams from 42 countries, take part in 34 competitions of ARMI-2021.

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