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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Scrambled eggs on the tanks: the commander of the Land forces invited guests to shoot

The final stage of all-army competitions “Tank biathlon” and “Suvorov onslaught” is now in the Volgograd region. 23 teams gathered at the site “Prudboy” to determine who will represent the Armed forces of the Russian Federation on the “international Military games”, which start in July in Russia, China and Kazakhstan. To look at competitions of crews of tanks and infantry fighting vehicles came commander of the Russian Ground forces Colonel-General Oleg saliukov. Together with him were also watching the competition and the correspondent of “MK”.

Photo: Eugene Kel

At the site “Prudboy” about 30 degrees. Tanks and infantry fighting vehicles was warmed up so that, as the joke of the military, the armor you can fry an egg. However, the crew on such trifles do not pay attention. Now they have one goal — to win, because 7 of the best crews of tanks T-72B3 will go to the landfill Alabino in the Moscow region, which will host the final “army-2017”, and six infantry platoons on combat vehicles of infantry BMP-2, will travel to China, where will represent Russia at the contest “Suvorov onslaught”.

Race for the tank follows the classical route of “Tank biathlon”. The distance is about 7 kilometers where you need to overcome land and water obstacles and hit the target from the cannon and machine gun. The final part of the competition will be held on Saturday June 10. In recognition of the chief judge of competitions of Colonel Roman Biryukova, the teams are so tightly at the results of what to say now, who is the favorite of the competition, is very difficult. For example, the leaders of the competition – tankers of the southern military district and enter the time difference in 15 seconds, and for tank biathlon is very small.

In “Suvorov onslaught”, according to Biryukova, the results-in the individual race greater the number of points scored by the crew of cadet Alexander Earley from the far Eastern higher military command school. They went around the track with the best time – 32 minutes 06 seconds and hit all targets.

The commander of the Ground forces, Colonel General Oleg Salyukov was watching the competitions from the command post. He graduated from tank school, therefore, evaluated and judged the actions of the crew, literally on the “bones”. After the competition phase the commander in chief shared with the “MK” impressions. The General said that, at the direction of the Minister of defence, during the competition the soldiers are on the ground the whole spectrum of tests, “which can only be in our combat training”.

In “tank biathlon” and “Suvorov onslaught” is not divorced from life, from combat training. There are not only competitions in driving and shooting, but the children pass the standards for physical and technical training.

Salyukov said that this year the competition of crews of BMP will be held in China.

– On the one hand, this is good, because the geography of the “Army games”, on the other hand, is a big responsibility. We are going to carry equipment over long distances, the crews will compete in unusual circumstances. But guys in General prepared adequately, – said the commander in chief. – In China, in “Suvorov onslaught” will involve four countries – Russia, China, Angola and Venezuela, we on their machines, the rest in Chinese. To China will go the three main crew and one spare, as well as technical staff.

Also saliukov reported that the army invited representatives of countries-members of NATO:

They still refuse to come to us, apparently not very willing. Moreover, we were ready to send a command to an analogue tank biathlon, which is held by NATO, however, here silence. The open competition is that they don’t go, maybe you’ll agree in the coming year.


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