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Friday, October 28, 2016

Three thousand military arrange games

To participate in the international Army games in 2016, which for the second year in a row suits of the defense Ministry, will come to Russia more than 3 thousand servicemen from different countries of the world. The program Armi‑2016 includes 23 of the contest. The most popular is the tank biathlon, an application submitted by 16 teams.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

The chief of head Department of combat training of Russian Armed forces Lieutenant-General Ivan Buvala on Thursday said that all the invitations were sent out to 47 States, agreed to participate in the army in 2016, said 19 States.

— All contestants will be more than 3 thousand people. Wide range of participation from Kazakhstan — he exhibits 21 team, Venezuela — nine, China — 22 team, Egypt — six, Iran — seven teams — said Buvala.

The General said that the games themselves will be held from 30 July to 13 August. During this time, will be held 23 international competition, mainly on Russian sites.

The large number of applications received for participation in the tank biathlon, which will compete with 16 teams. The two teams bring to the competition their tanks. The Chinese military, like last year, will iron Alabino tank “Type‑96”, and Belarusians will bring the T‑72, specially prepared for this competition.

The finals of the tank biathlon and the closing ceremony Armi‑2016 will be broadcast live. To enhance the entertainment this year the organizers of the games have increased the number of obstacles and circles.

— That was the entertainment, the final relay will be in a small circle, if earlier it was still far from the rostrum, that is, the audience provided a picture of the cameras, now everything will be in front of the podium, — said Buvala.

By the way, the audience who want to see racing on the tanks personally, will be glad enough democratic prices — the maximum price per ticket is 500 rubles.

Speaking about the plans for the international Army games in the next year, Buvala said that half of the stages of these competitions may hold in China.

— Chinese colleagues, because they are the major reform in the armed forces, we correctly refused to hold stages of the games this year. But in 2017 we can take on more than 50 percent of the stages, ” he said. — However, the tank biathlon will continue to be held only on the territory of Russia.

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