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Epatage combat vehicles

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At ten o'clock in the morning I climbed up to the viewing platform of the Alaba landfill. Thirty military men were already crowded there, equipped with walkie-talkies and armbands, for example, such as: “Imitation Assistant” and “Deputy Head of the Directorate”.


Epatage combat vehicles


An extraordinary view was opened from the site. Four lined up in the foreground tank: red, blue, yellow and green.
In the back - stretched plain with man-made mounds and potholes. There was a warm breeze, but the faces of the military were gloomy. The plain was enveloped in fog, in which neither targets nor the roadway — two important components of biathlon — were visible. The main component was also missing - First Deputy Minister of Defense Arkady Bakhin, who, judging by military patrols on the highway, was eagerly awaited.



While the judges were deciding what to do, I talked with a member of the organizing committee of the competition - a reserve colonel, who for some reason asked not to publish his last name.

- Why did you come up with a tank biathlon? - the colonel explained to me. - In order to show the spirit of rivalry in the troops. To get away from the daily army routine. Before, how was the training? I drove up and shot back. And then there are obstacles, and fire training, and in general - they are fighting with each other!



The epidemic of tank biathlon swept the army in July: in each district, we selected three of the best tank platoons to arrive at the final in Alabino. First, the judges will choose the best tank crew in Russia. And on August 17 the final stage of the competition will be international. Russia, Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan will fight.

Today's test rides imitated exactly the international stage: the crews of the “four countries” had to go through a small circle with an obstacle course and shoot at targets. The races are done in order, the colonel explained, in order to check in action the T-72B tanks on which the visitors would fight.

But the deputy minister did not go. I went to the command post, where the leaders of the competitions sat in severe silence: Lieutenant General Yuri Petrov and Ivan Buvaltsev. On the table, I found a script with the following passage: “Announcer: A howitzer slowly but surely raises the barrel of the cannon to the maximum angle of elevation! Something will be now! Take care of your ears! Here is a volley! Caramba! ”

Then the command “In places” was sounded - apparently, the deputy minister conveyed that he would not come. The test rides began with entertainment numbers: the announcer shouted a greeting into the microphone, tedious music began to play, and a group of young men and women ran out onto the concrete bridgehead in the center of the training ground. "Dancers," they explained to me.



Following it, four spotted tanks appeared, which formed a figure like a flower and began spinning and swaying their tools coyly. The dancers, as if on cue, pulled out their mobile phones and began to photograph the ballet.



- I do not understand? Why don't artists dance? What are they, tanks came to shoot? - suddenly cried out, Lieutenant-General Petrov.

“They don’t hear any music there,” explained from the corner.

They began to regulate the music, which was difficult. The announcer yelled into the microphone that he did not hear himself. The dancers, to whom fragments of the “Saber Dance” were heard, tried to dance, but it was clear that the roar of the engines blocked other sounds. However, after five minutes, the music was forgotten: a howitzer rolled out onto the ground and exactly according to the scenario slowly but surely raised the barrel of the gun. A volley burst out, so that the announcer forgot to shout “Caramba”, and one of the dancers (I saw it through binoculars) collapsed on the concrete next to the howitzer, clasping her head in her hands.



Finally it is time for biathlon. I returned to the observation deck, where the judges were already sitting at the tables, and behind them were observers lined up - each with a stereo tube.

- “Armor”, at the start! - spread on the walkie-talkie. Multi-colored tanks revived, roared and shrouded in clouds of smoke.

- Let's go! - wildly cried out the commentator.



Without any difficulty having passed the test of the "snake", the tanks lined up at the firing line and began to load the guns with anti-tank missiles. The first target was a full-size model of the tank. He stood two and a half kilometers from our site, and, in my opinion, it was impossible to see him. Apparently, the crew of the red tank was in solidarity with me: out of three shots, he did not hit even once and was sent to the “penalty circle”.

At this time, other tanks had already overcome obstacles: the ford, the track bridge, the escarpment. Everything was going well until they started defeating the second target - the helicopter mockup. He was fired from an anti-aircraft machine gun from a distance of 1600 meters.

- Why did the blue tank stand up on someone else's place? - suddenly zamatilas into the radio of the deputy chief of staff of the competition. - He has spent someone else's ammunition! And what about the results? - He turned to the observers.

Those, looking up from the stereo-pipe, began vividly reporting and arguing. Some said that green has a hit, others - what is not. This finally brought out the deputy chief.

- Right now, I gulped all break! - he shouted, blocking the voice of the announcer from the speakers, who shouted: “Bis, bravo to the virtuosos!” - The results are fast for me!

- There is a hit! - chorused the observers.



On the third lap, the green and blue tank managed to go side by side partly, one nearly cutting the other. The commentator was delighted, but the faces of the judges did not bode well. To top it off, the blue tank suddenly stopped.

“It seems the automatic machine of the charger has failed,” said someone on the landing, listening to the radio.

Malfunction, however, eliminated. Tanks shot out at the third target in the form of a hut, went through the rest of the circle and lined up in front of the command post. The leader of the test race was the yellow tank, which went through the whole stage in 5 minutes 28 seconds.

- Well done boys! - Exited announcer.

One by one, the tankers climbed out of the hatches and, running through the parade ground, lined up at the entrance to the command post. From the observation deck, their heads were visible in round helmets that waved like sunflowers. Before the sunflowers stood the chief of staff of the competition and his deputy. There was an oppressive silence. Lieutenant-General Petrov left the command post. He spoke so softly that I did not hear a word. Then he turned and went back to the CP.

- Got it? - wearily asked the deputy chief of staff of the competition. Heads froze at attention.

When I came down from the tower, silhouettes of tankers suddenly appeared on the slope of the mound. After a difficult test, they returned to the unit and, judging by the fragments of phrases that the wind brought to me, they made their own analysis of the races.

“You cut the road for sure,” one said wistfully. - Well, what the fuck did you get out?

- I got out? Yes, I went to my site!

- In short. Please do not slow down next time, - summed up the third. - Otherwise you have to repair two tanks. I understand in competitions, but now why?



By quarreling, they disappeared from view. Platz was completely empty, only the army tent stood alone with its canopy folded back. It was dark inside, and a streamer stretched out in the wind outside: "Welcome to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation!"
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  1. Lech from ZATULINKI
    Lech from ZATULINKI 12 August 2013 07: 45 New
    0
    Fir-tree sticks from the army of the CIRCUS make - you will laugh.
    1. Mitek
      Mitek 12 August 2013 09: 52 New
      +3
      Quote: Lech from ZATULINKI
      Fir-tree sticks from the army of the CIRCUS make - you will laugh.

      I did not see the circus. If crews are motivated to work better is this circus? Or do colors bother you? Yes, cheerful colors, I do not argue. But how can you, the viewer, without optical devices, figure out who the "hu" is?)
      1. roial
        12 August 2013 09: 57 New
        -1
        "Those, breaking away from the stereo tubes, vied to report and argue. Some said that the green has a hit, others that didn’t. This completely led the deputy chief out of himself."

        This is a circus. Where did you highlight the arguing arbitrators ??
        1. Airman
          Airman 12 August 2013 13: 00 New
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          Quote: roial
          "Those, breaking away from the stereo tubes, vied to report and argue. Some said that the green has a hit, others that didn’t. This completely led the deputy chief out of himself."

          This is a circus. Where did you highlight the arguing arbitrators ??

          One thing surprises me, why from a general start and on the same targets? A separate start exists in biathlon, why not here? Everyone goes the distance, after which the targets are inspected and replaced with new ones, then there will be no disputes, hit - did not hit.
          1. roial
            12 August 2013 14: 38 New
            -1
            So the SHOW is needed, not the result.
      2. yanus
        yanus 12 August 2013 11: 32 New
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        Quote: Mitek
        But how can you, the viewer, without optical devices, figure out who the "hu" is?)

        Flags above the roof do not fix?
    2. Mikhail3
      Mikhail3 12 August 2013 10: 03 New
      -2
      Stupid metusnya, cut one another, automatic loader after all the preparation of the key ... Circus, yes. That's just it make clowns - crews, mechanics and their commanders. People are not ready for truly serious work, at speed, under stress, with non-standard maneuvers ... It's funny, yeah. Now, if the laughter was limited to unhappy virgins ... And so ...
      By the way, “to warm up”, it would be necessary to give a hand-to-hand fight or to arrange a duel of snipers (there was a magnificent idea in some book). And so - it’s worthwhile to work so that at least at competitions people’s hands do not shake, that’s ridiculous and will not.
      1. Aleks tv
        Aleks tv 12 August 2013 10: 25 New
        +9
        Quote: Mikhail3
        That's just it make clowns - crews, mechanics and their commanders. People are not ready for truly serious work, at speed, under stress, with non-standard maneuvers ... It's funny, yeah

        Listen, Michael ...
        Have you ever been to a tank directrix with regular shooting or a tankodrome?
        Exactly sure HOW and WHAT everyone should do?

        I was literally LIVING there.
        The sketch shows normal work, only with the usual clutter, taking into account the presence of a large boss.
        Do you think everyone should stand at attention there? Or speak only wise phrases? And everything should go strictly according to plan?
        Well, well.
        1. svp67
          svp67 13 August 2013 00: 22 New
          +2
          Quote: Aleks tv
          I was literally LIVING there.

          As there is in the Russian proverb: "it will grind - the flour will be ..." For that, the crews are now chasing them to work out all the questions ...
    3. Corsair
      Corsair 12 August 2013 11: 24 New
      +3
      Quote: Lech from ZATULINKI
      Fir-tree sticks from the army of the CIRCUS make - you will laugh.

      In such a "CIRCUS" the crews will work SUCH "TRICKS" that can bring them to the level of tank ASov
      1. Hon
        Hon 12 August 2013 11: 50 New
        -2
        Quote: Corsair
        In such a "CIRCUS" the crews will work SUCH "Tricks" that can bring them to the level of tank speakers

        A circus in dances, and in a window dress such as arranging tanks in flowers. What for? What would the authorities look. Did you forget to paint the grass?
        1. Aleks tv
          Aleks tv 12 August 2013 13: 17 New
          +2
          Quote: Hon
          A circus in dances, and in a window dress such as arranging tanks in flowers. What for? What would the authorities look.

          Have you tried to participate in "dancing on the tanks" ???
          In the garrisons they have been made for a long time, for example, on the day of the tanker.

          The hardest work of interaction.
          We did this without the participation of a gunner, and then it was TIGHT before us.chki !!!
          All attention to the teams on the radio and the subtlest sense of intuition of mechanics.
          This is MASTERY.
          You would have seen HOW the eyes of young tankers lit up, watching with what apparent ease the vehicles harmoniously moved among themselves.

          ps And the dances and freestyle on ice in the troops began with aces-motorists, technicians, and then we got involved.
          1. Hon
            Hon 12 August 2013 17: 54 New
            -4
            Quote: Aleks tv
            Have you tried to participate in "dancing on the tanks" ???
            In the garrisons they have been made for a long time, for example, on the day of the tanker.

            The hardest work of interaction.
            We did this without the participation of a gunner, and then it was TIGHT before us.chki !!!
            All attention to the teams on the radio and the subtlest sense of intuition of mechanics.
            This is MASTERY.
            You would have seen HOW the eyes of young tankers lit up, watching with what apparent ease the vehicles harmoniously moved among themselves.

            ps And the dances and freestyle on ice in the troops began with aces-motorists, technicians, and then we got involved.

            So the work of circus performers is not easy, only a soldier on the bar is pulled in order to be in good physical shape, and not to stare at him like a monkey. Tank biathlon is a military event, I dances Shmans, why all this?
          2. esaul
            esaul 12 August 2013 19: 32 New
            +1
            Quote: Aleks tv
            You would see HOW the eyes of young tankers lit up, watching with what apparent ease the vehicles move harmoniously between themselves


            Alexey, fiery greetings hi
            Skeptics were, are and will be (there are laughing ) Such articles are very necessary and not only for already seasoned warriors who are already out of work (they need the same thing as a portion of the adrenaline of good army memories), but also for young people, so that your eyes light up from the power of technology. The morale of youth in the Union, in many respects, gave the first sprouts on NVP in schools, on "Zarnitsa", DOSAAF and courses at the VVU. In post-Soviet Russia it was poher and only now something began to appear and manifest. And even that, to a greater extent, thanks to military enthusiasts, such as our colleague, Victor. Victor, my friend, hello, if you still come to VO and read! drinks
            But such articles fill some of the gaps in the upbringing of young people respect for the military profession. The value of such articles is difficult to overestimate. They are simply necessary. Especially when written with knowledge and such love for the Army.
            Lesha - thanks.
            Valeri.
            1. Aleks tv
              Aleks tv 12 August 2013 21: 05 New
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              Greetings, Valery! Glad to hear that.
              hi
              I also liked the article, it really breathed a bit of the spirit of a tank director ...
              Nostalgia, infection. Eheh ...
              And first of all, the young people really need it, I already wrote that tank biathlon at the level of all-Russian competitions is the education of patriotism, pride in one’s country and raising the prestige of the Army (and the initial stages of such competitions should provide advanced training).
              The money spent on it (biathlon finals) is not sprayed, but gives a real effect.
              If I wrote in a pack, I would stopududovo more fun ...
              laughing
              Driving written a little in the "bikes" on the forum - "Old Tanker".

              But seriously - thanks to the author, hammer!
    4. Geisenberg
      Geisenberg 12 August 2013 13: 26 New
      +2
      Quote: Lech from ZATULINKI
      Fir-tree sticks from the army of the CIRCUS make - you will laugh.


      For the unenlightened just do everything related to the army circus. You just need to understand what is happening there, but the visible part of the understanding does not. So purely for a tip I will quote: To make a soldier you need to take a man, dress him in uniform, teach him to walk in order, teach him to fight. At first he will look like a soldier, then he will begin to think like a soldier, then he will become a soldier.
  2. omsbon
    omsbon 12 August 2013 07: 46 New
    +3
    It's nothing, everything will be all right! The main thing is to start, and it will work out there!
  3. Edward72
    Edward72 12 August 2013 07: 47 New
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    This needs to be done daily and in all parts, and it is very similar to pseudo-scientific companies. There are a lot of boltalogies, but so far no sense.
  4. krasin
    krasin 12 August 2013 07: 49 New
    +4
    With girls and dancing, in my bust!
  5. Gardamir
    Gardamir 12 August 2013 07: 54 New
    +1
    I think there are "swifts" in aviation. so will the tanks, some kind of "bison".
  6. sergunec
    sergunec 12 August 2013 08: 04 New
    +3
    It is written correctly. It is interesting to read. But the impression is twofold. We are crap again !?
  7. Aleks tv
    Aleks tv 12 August 2013 08: 15 New
    +2
    It seems about biathlon frayed already ...
    Something like this was always in the army, but a lower rank: shooting and figure-skating competitions on ice.

    Now introduced to the official level.
    If this develops professionalism in units and divisions, then the road to such an undertaking is bright.
    At the country level, this is no longer a drill, but the promotion of military service and increasing the authority of the army - which is also very good.
    And organizational jokes in such a “process” of organization will always be.
    It looks beautiful in the picture, but inside the “armor” and on the director’s tower everyone runs and jumps like crazy - this is also normal.
    Eheh, with "his" crew there, but to his beloved "turtle" (T-72Б) ...

    Tank biathlon - sounds very powerful.
    Let them know in the West what kind of sport we have in priority.
    good
  8. pinecone
    pinecone 12 August 2013 08: 16 New
    +7
    Sad What is only one armband with the inscription "Deputy chief of management." The girls of shame dancing on the training ground are a complete, vivid example of how the "chiefs of leadership" understand the modernization of the army.
  9. GVARDEETS
    GVARDEETS 12 August 2013 09: 37 New
    +1
    Charger machine !!! stop
  10. UzRus
    UzRus 12 August 2013 09: 55 New
    +3
    Right now, I’ll break everyone’s bread! He yelled - How familiar it is! Well, just like FIG knows how many years ago! Although "slurping" is very tolerant, usually there was another word ...
  11. UzRus
    UzRus 12 August 2013 09: 56 New
    +1
    And in general it’s not clear why paint the tank entirely? It can be somehow different.
  12. rennim
    rennim 12 August 2013 10: 05 New
    +1
    And I liked it ... Yes, and tankers now have an incentive to learn and improve their skills. Those who came up with this show are just GOOD !!! No wonder that even from the armies of other countries they became interested. VTCh from NATO ...
  13. Metlik
    Metlik 12 August 2013 10: 07 New
    +1
    The more such competitions will be, the stronger the army, the less likely a real war. Who invented the tank biathlon - well done! Only remove the ballet - complete crap.
    1. Corsair
      Corsair 12 August 2013 11: 35 New
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      Quote: Metlik
      Only remove the ballet - complete crap.

      "Ballet" is an element of the SHOW, designed to attract the attention of the viewer. And the form in which the popularization of the aircraft will be carried out does not matter. Indeed, such events pursue TWO goals: improving the combat skills of the crews and turning SOCIETY and the ARMY faces towards each other ...
  14. roial
    12 August 2013 10: 13 New
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    What is the incentive ??
    Didn’t you participate in the show?
    There is nothing to earn except a head of pain.
    In order for this to work, you need to clearly define the rules, create a system for assessing hits and only then invite someone.
    And the fact that it was just handicraft.
  15. family
    family tree 12 August 2013 10: 50 New
    +1
    And hto the director of this action? What kind of creative genius did dancewati come up with “easy pieces of organic matter” between moving tons of Ural steel? She, this steel, can accidentally crush. When shooting a six-inch shot, one should open his mouth and plug his ears so that, due to the pressure difference, the "membranous drums" remain in a more or less needed state, and there is no guarantee, ask the divers. Have the dancers been warned about this? And they signed the papers? They pulled a snake on a hedgehog, damn it. Why the hell is this show? Wacky coloring page? Numbers draw and roll back the required program. ALL! There will be no millions of fans. There will be those who are really interested in this. Well, as an addition, you can arrange demonstrations, who is what. Okay, first pancake, as usual.

    Oh, it was not from there that the army began reforms, it was necessary, for a start, to show off the window dressing, on pain of dismissal, without severance pay what
    1. Metlik
      Metlik 12 August 2013 11: 01 New
      +1
      Quote: perepilka
      There will be no millions of fans.

      Will be. From this you can arrange such a show! Biathlon also started as a patrol race. In order to buy broadcast rights there will be a big queue. I recall the book by R. Asprin, "Cold Financial Wars."
      1. family
        family tree 12 August 2013 12: 59 New
        +1
        Quote: Metlik
        Will be. From this you can arrange such a show! Biathlon also started as a patrol race

        Keyword began. And here at once they decided to put a tit and a pussy in one hand. It turned out, as always.
  16. Max otto
    Max otto 12 August 2013 12: 10 New
    +1
    Damn, two things confuse me - girls and painted tanks, what for is all this? Ballet among the tanks is brilliant in general, the script for the performance was written by a civilian, and he did not serve unambiguously, otherwise he would know what would happen to the music and the girls after the self-propelled gun shot. And you can’t hang colored flags on tank antennas? Well, in Abu Dhabi, the T-90 was worn with a tricolor - beauty! In general, I’m a little disappointed, let it all work out fine, but when will our gouging already go to dust for centuries?
    Although she is glad that in the photo the soldiers (or are they officers ??) are at least looking human, and not like before - a kind of gop-stop, taken away from someone in a heavy battle.
  17. leon-iv
    leon-iv 12 August 2013 13: 19 New
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    To be honest, I would have made a little friend.
    Tanks would be painted under animals or airbrushing. It would be great. Teluhi there would be in the subject. Tank ballet nafig. Then the oncoming tank battle with laser tags is NECESSARY. + A beautiful picture would be wonderful.
    + Divide into eras. WWII / post-war / cold war / modern. It would be great.
  18. High speed
    High speed 12 August 2013 22: 32 New
    0
    Author Alexey Yablokov

    He recalled the public phrase of Chernomyrdin: “Who is Yavlinsky? What did he do?” I change my name to Yablokov.

    I don’t know how it was, but I’m not going to draw any conclusions on this article. Now, if Yablokov had organized this business, I would have read it with pleasure.

    This is not the first time I have encountered a situation. Come on the occasion of zhurnalyugi, television operators. You meet them, dress them, put them on shoes, feed them, give them a drink, tell them all, show them.
    You ask, when will the material be? In a couple of months.
    After half a year you read in KZ, the material is sold in the USA. After another four months in roundabout ways we get a copy - one. Yeah ...
    I read Yablokov, and immediately remembered.