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Russia will show NATO deadly weapons

Russia will show NATO deadly weapons

The past week was marked by the emergence of a new sport. While not Olympic - but how to know what awaits him in a few years.

From 14 to 17 in August in Alabina near Moscow, tank biathlon competitions were held at the training ground known to a wide audience thanks to rehearsals for Victory Day parades there. First Russian, and immediately after - international, in which participated crews from Russia, Belarus, Armenia and Kazakhstan.

It’s hard to say who the first thought occurred to make Tanks move the distance for a while and fire at targets for the number of hits. It is believed that the author of the idea is the new Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu. It is possible that this is so, given the Minister’s desire to make the image of the Russian army more attractive and open.

In the first days of the competition on the improvised biathlon track, the tanks of the Russian military districts met in a fight. On the seventeenth of August, the competitions were already international in nature and were held with a huge gathering of guests, including the top Russian military leadership headed by Sergei Shoigu himself and numerous military attaches of foreign countries, from the USA and Great Britain to Zimbabwe.

Before telling what was happening these days in Alabin, it is necessary to clarify the rules of the competition. They are not much different from the rules of conventional biathlon, with the only difference being that instead of skiers 4 of T-72B tank out on the track, painted for clarity in red, yellow, blue and green. The rules provide for three arrivals with the passage of the route length of 18300 meters. Each of the routes is equipped with natural and artificial obstacles "hill", "wall", "rut bridge", "escarpment", "minefield", etc.

Crews are firing from guns at three targets in the form of a tank, installed at different distances. Each subsequent target appears after the defeat of the previous one. At the second shooting range, shooting is carried out from a heavy machine gun NSVT at a target in the form of a helicopter. For its defeat, only 10 ammunition units are issued for each tank. The third type of fire exercise is shooting at a target in the form of a tank with a guided projectile, after which the crew enters the finish distance. Accuracy of shooting is determined using special video cameras. In case of blunders at the shooting range, the tank is sent to the 500-meter penalty circle.

The best tank crew is determined by the amount of travel time of combat vehicles and the time added for violations when overcoming obstacles. Along with the actions of the crew, the actions of its commander are assessed.

The beginning of the international 17 competitions in August was preceded by a unique spectacle - the tank ballet. On a small concrete patch four T-80 tanks and a huge self-propelled gun 2C19 “Msta-S” self-propelled gun made very elegant pas to music, although sometimes it seemed that just about one of them would hook the neighbor. The deafening shot of the salute, produced by Mstay, drowned out the music and quickly brought the audience to their senses, reminding them that they were not in the theater, but on the training ground.

Right after the ballet was followed by the start of tank biathlon competitions. The Russian crew performed in a red tank. The tank of the Belarusians was painted yellow, the Kazakhstanis were blue, and the Armenians were green.

The leadership of the Russians became apparent from the very beginning. They drove faster than others, shot better and finished the race first. Their rivals are much less fortunate. Because of mistakes and mistakes, they were assigned additional penalties, which could not but affect the results. The crew from Kazakhstan had to face serious problems. At the very beginning of the competition it was announced that the tank commander was injured and would be replaced. However, he decided to stay and continue the fight.

It is necessary to pay tribute to the Kazakh tanker: throughout the entire race, he kept his strength and only after its completion lost consciousness. His comrades ran up to the commander who had collapsed on the concrete slabs, and the doctors arrived a little later. Officially, what exactly happened to the Kazakh military was not reported. As one of the Russian officers explained to the Ytra correspondents, the reason for the loss of consciousness, most likely, was the waste of powder gases in the shooting process. This could be due to a malfunction of the tank ventilation system or an error made by the crew. “They lack training, they lost their heads,” our interlocutor concluded, explaining that powder gases are one of the tanker's worst enemies.

With regard to the results of the competition, the first place decision, quite reasonably, was awarded to the Russian crew. The second, despite the "wound" of the commander, was taken by the crew from Kazakhstan. Bronze went to Ukrainian Belarusian tank crews, fourth place - Armenian. Awards to the winners were handed over by the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergey Shoigu. The Russian crew that won the competition received brand-new Niva cars.

As for the future prospects of tank biathlon, then, judging by the mood of the Russian military leadership, they definitely are. Shoigu expressed the hope that the tank sport will become a tradition and will acquire a truly international character. “We hope next year there will be more teams. In any case, colleagues from the United States and Italy responded vividly to our invitation, and we are waiting for a response from Germany,” the defense minister said, noting that these would be completely different competitions. "It will be a competition of technologies, designers, those who create equipment that should protect our states. I really hope for our designers, factories, enterprises. I really want them to arm us next year so that, like this year , we were the first and in no case did not give this place ", - added the head of the Ministry of Defense.

After the words that the representatives of the NATO countries will take part in the next competitions, a serious discussion flared up on the sidelines about who will prevail. Opinions were divided almost equally, although the advantage was still on the side of those who believed that the Russians would win.

Check who was right in this discussion, perhaps, will succeed next year.

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  1. xetai9977
    xetai9977 19 August 2013 10: 28
    Looking at the multi-colored tanks, for some reason you think that someone in childhood did not play enough in tanks. In Soviet times, they somehow managed without showy games. And nothing, many technically mastered the technique.
    1. Apollo
      Apollo 19 August 2013 10: 34
      Quote: xetai9977
      Looking at the multi-colored tanks, for some reason you think that someone in childhood did not play enough in tanks.

      how can they be distinguished from afar, who is who?! in the sense of the crew.
      1. fedorru
        fedorru 19 August 2013 12: 17
        The idea of ​​tank biathlon is interesting, but I didn’t really like the multi-colored tanks. For example, you could raise a flag with a number or just a flag of a certain color. And so multi-colored tanks are of course tin)))))
    2. iOfficer
      iOfficer 19 August 2013 10: 38
      Quote: xetai9977
      Looking at the multi-colored tanks, for some reason you think that someone in childhood did not play enough in tanks.

      Okay, Apollo is right, but the title of the article is in the best traditions of the yellow press. smile
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    4. T-100
      T-100 19 August 2013 10: 46
      NOT, I liked the picture with the ax. Locksmith and secret weapon of the tank crew))))
      1. bask
        bask 19 August 2013 10: 59
        A field uniform and a cap, become similar to the shape of the Ministry of Emergencies in the 90s.
        1. svp67
          svp67 19 August 2013 11: 02
          [quote = bask] And the field uniform and cap, become similar to the shape of the Ministry of Emergencies in 90's. [center]
          So the minister is like laughing
          1. bask
            bask 19 August 2013 11: 41
            Quote: svp67
            So the minister is like

            One thing is good, even though these Honduran pinoches, caps will replace ...
            1. rodevaan
              rodevaan 20 August 2013 10: 06
              Quote: bask
              Quote: svp67
              So the minister is like

              One thing is good, even though these Honduran pinoches, caps will replace ...

              - In! And then they go like garden scarecrows, with these airfields. It is disgusting to look at this African carnival, they have turned the form of the devil knows what.

              The royal form was very beautiful - compact, and looked neat, beautiful!
              To return those original Russian traditions and the appearance of the form ... And then they go like in a circus - everything is licked from Mr. NATO’s enemies ...
          2. kazssr
            kazssr 20 August 2013 10: 09
            hahahaha))))) +++++++ laughing soldier hi
        2. Furnace driver
          Furnace driver 20 August 2013 19: 37
          so look like clowns, honestly
      2. Sgt.
        Sgt. 20 August 2013 09: 07
        there, besides an ax, there should still be a bayonet-shovel and a crowbar on board, just for three, when the ammunition ends.
    5. DEfindER
      DEfindER 19 August 2013 11: 52
      Quote: xetai9977
      Looking at the multi-colored tanks, for some reason you think that someone in childhood did not play enough in tanks. In Soviet times, they somehow managed without showy games. And nothing, many technically mastered the technique.

      I think that earlier in the Union they organized competitions on equipment to increase the level of combat training, only everything was in closed mode, without undue media coverage. Now the goal is to attract public attention to the Russian army, i.e. for a sophisticated viewer, such coloring is done :) to show that our army can not only win on the battlefield, but also in sports!
      I hope next year all questions and disputes about which tanks are better, ours or NATO, will be removed :)
  2. Apollo
    Apollo 19 August 2013 10: 30

    T-72B3 was declassified at the tank biathlon in Alabino
    At the tank biathlon held in Alabino, as part of this event, a show of military equipment was held, which is in service with the Russian army. In addition to armored vehicles already known to the general public, the tank T-72B3 was openly demonstrated for the first time.

    It should be noted that for some reason this premiere did not cause a stir among the visitors of the exhibition, everyone tried to take a picture of T-90А standing nearby. In principle, in fact, the outwardly modernized seventy-two warfare differed from the previously illuminated T-72B preliminary runs of the 1988 sample of the year only in that the Sosna-U multichannel sight was installed instead of the usual 1K-13-49 sight sight device. But since the windows of the sight were covered with a lid, not even all the tankers understood the difference. And she is.

    This modern digital sight is equipped with a thermal imaging channel. Due to this, the gunner-operator and the tank commander in the "double" mode are capable of effectively defeating various targets from a cannon and machine gun, as well as launching guided missiles day and night, in any weather. He is currently considered one of the best in the world in all characteristics. A similar sight, by the way, is on the newest T-90MS, as well as on a tank support combat vehicle (BMPT).

    Another very important feature of this sight is that it is equipped with a target tracking machine. This allows the gunner operator to act on the principle of "shot-forgotten." It is necessary to find a goal, then automatics will work. And the fighter at this time can already be engaged in search of other purpose.

    However, in contrast to the T-90MS, whose sight is covered with flaps opening from the crew seats, the crew members need to manually remove the protective cover from the updated T-72.

    The 1A40 daytime sight, which was the main one in the early versions of the Ural vehicles, was also revised and left as a backup (which is curiously equipped with anti-laser protection). The machine has a wind sensor, the latest communications equipment, an improved weapon stabilizer and a complex of protection against weapons of mass destruction. Also, the automatic loader of the gun for new ammunition was improved and the chassis, which received caterpillar tracks with a parallel hinge, was improved.

    When T-72B3 was first seen in military units, many were puzzled that the right side of the tower, located next to the embrasure of the PKT machine gun, was not covered at all by dynamic protection. The old night sight was of an active-passive type, that is, under certain conditions, the illumination of an infrared illuminator was used, which was mounted just in the place where this “hole” appeared.

    At the modernized machines presented in Alabino, this “hole” has already been eliminated, there are blocks of dynamic protection. Of course, all these half measures, the need to install on the Russian T-72, T-90 and T-80 type dynamic protection for the new generation Relikt, which can now be seen on Kazakhstani tank support vehicles, has long been overdue. But it should be understood that the T-72B3 is a budget upgrade, the designers of the machine were squeezed into the Procrustean bed of financial constraints of the previous leadership of the Ministry of Defense.

    Therefore, instead of the 1000-strong engine B-92C2, which is installed on the T-90A and the previous version of the upgraded T-72BA, B-84-1 in 840 hp was left on this tank. And so the mobility characteristics have not increased.

    to be continued
    1. Apollo
      Apollo 19 August 2013 10: 31

      According to the experience of the two Chechen wars and other military conflicts, tank practitioners and designers themselves have long suggested that closed machine gun installations (TPLs) should be installed on the updated T-72. But former officials also saved on them. And the current conflict in Syria shows that if Syrian tanks had ZPU, then many losses could have been avoided. Tankers would not need to get out from under the armor to the waist, which, you know, is fraught with fire.

      Curiously, the Algerian army is upgrading its T-72 with the installation of such machine gun installations. The Algerians found money for a more advanced sight of the TKN-4 commander, and we still have a version of the old TKN-3 with very limited characteristics.

      Of course, the Falcon Eye-type panoramic sight, which was already installed on the T-72 by the 61 BTRZ specialists and demonstrated at weapon shows, was very useful. Or the next version of the T-72B3 could be installed recently developed in Rostov tank assault and observation complex PNK-4C-02 with a thermal imaging channel and a laser rangefinder. This would significantly increase the commander’s ability to detect and hit targets.

      Of course, the new electronics is expensive, but is it worth saving on it? Our western partners can count money, but they put all the most advanced equipment on their upgraded machines. What we can probably see next year, when the Americans and Germans come to us on their M-1A2 SEP V2, “Leopard-2А6” / А7. But the tasks of Russian tankers are not only to perform at competitions such as tank biathlon.
      1. Aleks tv
        Aleks tv 19 August 2013 11: 50
        Quote: Apollon
        T-72B3 was declassified at the tank biathlon in Alabino

        Thank you, Apollon for this material, read it, as if the author reads his own thoughts:

        When you look at the T-72B3, the feeling is that the novies put as much as they allocated money ...
        Stuck "Pine"? Well done.
        It is very interesting for which new ammunition the AZ was “modified”, and how was it modernized?
        Why again with the TKN-3 commander? (About TKN-4 did not understand ... it's not a tank device).
        Where is the closed zpu?
        Where is the circular protection?
        And the dynamic protection installation system does not even cause annoyance, but anger. Ahead, one block is missing for the sake of mechanics (caring, damn it), the other ... they just "forgot" to put it after the dismantling of the "Moon", laziness was probably on the roof altogether empty, from the sides of the tower - bare metal, hope again only for spare parts. The case again is only rubber ... BMO-T and it is better protected ...

        Here is the necessary minimum, and then the T-72 will still really show the guy to anyone. This is the modernization of the machine as the MAJOR tank of the aircraft, before the arrival of Armata, it is necessary to “shove” it to the maximum, and did not even do the minimum ... the rest of the equipment is (T-80) removed from service ...

        It would be interesting to discuss this material separately. IMHO, of course.

        And this is good. And this is the main point.
        Thanks for the biathlon alone, and then we'll see what this good idea will turn into.
      2. DEfindER
        DEfindER 19 August 2013 13: 39
        Quote: Apollon
        when the Americans and Germans come to us in their M-1A2 SEP V2, Leopard-2A6 / A7. But the tasks of Russian tankers are not only to participate in competitions such as tank biathlon.

        Yes, there will already be a real competition of designers, maybe by the next year we will have time to adjust Armata, so that we can see all of them in business, who’s what it is, otherwise it’s possible they will never collide in real combat (and thank God), we will find out relations only at the Olympics and other competitions!
  3. Dmitry 2246
    Dmitry 2246 19 August 2013 10: 39
    The crew is almost 3 hours in tension with the tank.
    Not every battle has to drive so much.
    A brilliant idea to combine fire and driving.
  4. Akim
    Akim 19 August 2013 10: 41
    The bronze went to the Ukrainian tankers,

    A typo - to the Belarusian. In general, I said that the cars will be local. For proper competition, crews must roll on their tanks.
    1. ImPerts
      ImPerts 19 August 2013 11: 00
      Why not. You can compare the performance characteristics of machines.
      1. Akim
        Akim 19 August 2013 12: 28
        Quote: ImPerts
        Why not

        In that year, such competitions were held in Ukraine. All crews were transferred for equal conditions to the T-64BV with the 5TDF engine. The result was expected. The Kryvyi Rih team won (1st and 2nd place) who have such a modification of the tank in service. They just initially felt the car.
  5. silver_roman
    silver_roman 19 August 2013 10: 47
    Bronze went to Ukrainian tank crews

    I understand that the author was a little mistaken. not Ukrainian, but Belarusian tankers, because there were no Ukrainians at all. they - "nezalezhnye" all in the EU are torn, once "nonsense" to deal with! wassat
    1. Akim
      Akim 19 August 2013 10: 53
      There participated one type of tank, which is in service with all 4 participating countries. It is necessary to develop other rules for the rest.
      1. Simon
        Simon 19 August 2013 11: 25
        And what are the new rules for other tanks? There should be one rule - to shoot back, not break and come first. In my opinion, such a rule is suitable for all tanks. yes
        1. Akim
          Akim 19 August 2013 11: 58
          Quote: Simon
          In my opinion, such a rule is suitable for all tanks

          Yes you! It depends on who you invite. In this case, the Belarusians will initially lose. If the brother is within the CIS: serial tanks T-90A and BM Bulat initially outperform Kazakh and Belarusian vehicles. If we go beyond its borders, then Western tanks do not shoot TURs, but the "Leopard" will make us dynamic, etc. And so many things. This I take from the initial conditions: tanks must be combatant with mines. party in the troops 10 pcs. Moreover, it is not known who will then roll out which tank. Maybe the Russian Federation will prefer, then put the faster T-80U into the competition.
          1. silver_roman
            silver_roman 19 August 2013 12: 06
            it’s not even a matter of victory. the conditions must be the same in order to see how MBT and enemy crews cope with these checks. A leopard can be faster, but it can miss, anything can happen. Then another + 500 meters. The Germans clearly do not need our Niva. The point is experience.
          2. svp67
            svp67 19 August 2013 17: 55
            Quote: Akim
            If the brother is within the CIS: the T-90A and BM Bulat production tanks initially beat Kazakh and Belarusian vehicles.
            There, not only "hardware" compete, but also people ...
            1. Akim
              Akim 19 August 2013 18: 01
              Quote: svp67
              There, not only "hardware" compete, but also people ...

              I don't think that the level of training will be very different. They prepare everyone according to approximately the same program and certainly according to the same tactics. Moreover, all contractors. There is also a psychological factor here as a "foreign field".
          3. kazssr
            kazssr 20 August 2013 10: 16
            Yes, you can just do it, first all the abrams, then on Leo, then T72. fold the glasses and truncated.
  6. Petergut
    Petergut 19 August 2013 10: 49
    The tank of Belarusians was painted yellow, Kazakhstanis - in blue, and Armenians - in green.

    As for the results of the competition, by the decision of the judges, the first place, quite rightly, was awarded to the Russian crew. The second, despite the "injury" of the commander, was occupied by a crew from Kazakhstan. Bronze went to Ukrainian tank crews, fourth place - Armenian.

    I wonder where the Belarusian tank went and where did the Ukrainian tankers come from? recourse

    Author, you need to be careful. bully
  7. leon-iv
    leon-iv 19 August 2013 11: 01
    Thanks to the Star for the excellent shots.
  8. ImPerts
    ImPerts 19 August 2013 11: 02
    Still, crews with cars should be chosen by random poking. 3 days to run and smooth and go))) In any case, I can’t understand yet whether I like it or not.
    1. Simon
      Simon 19 August 2013 11: 29
      Such an idea will be suitable only for tankers of the Russian divisions, but with foreign tankers, it is necessary to set the best.
  9. Irtysh
    Irtysh 19 August 2013 11: 19
    Belarusians relaxed: (((I completely forgot how to prank on tanks :(

    Although ... why the partisans tanks. :)

    Urgent need to catch up.
  10. eplewke
    eplewke 19 August 2013 11: 25
    Approve! Any rivalry affects skill!
  11. Hort
    Hort 19 August 2013 11: 27
    all the same, the form, stylized under the "jacket" of the 40s or the tsarist army is much more beautiful. Would make a parade of modern materials, but the "old" kind
  12. Russ69
    Russ69 19 August 2013 11: 33
    They will be international, I will try to get at them with all my might ....
  13. Simon
    Simon 19 August 2013 11: 34
    In general, a tank biathlon is a good idea. This will give tankers additional training, and designers to think how to make the tank better and more perfect.
  14. viazma
    viazma 19 August 2013 11: 39
    I would like to see all the armies of the world with their modern tanks. Well, our most advanced. Solid prizes flat car. Display on the central channels. Then the training will begin to rise and the young stretch. As they say (there is much to strive for)
    1. Akim
      Akim 19 August 2013 12: 03
      Quote: viazma
      Solid prizes flat car

      I do not think that a German soldier will be interested in Niva-Taiga and an apartment in the Urals. am
  15. KILLAvolt
    KILLAvolt 19 August 2013 11: 48
    And what, there are Air Force pilots - snipers, and here: the crew of T-72 tank snipers! This is also a big deal - accuracy in a tank battle! Such competitions are the best demonstration of professional qualities: if ours are leaders, then no one will want to start a war against us once again.
  16. Muadipus
    Muadipus 19 August 2013 11: 58
    The author, correct the mistake, judging from the article Ukrainians did not participate.
    With regard to the results of the competition, the first place decision, quite reasonably, was awarded to the Russian crew. The second, despite the "wound" of the commander, was taken by the crew from Kazakhstan. Bronze went to Ukrainian tankers

    Although, it is in the spirit of the Ukrainians,)))) all for free, .. that’s even a reward and then otkhapali)))))
  17. andrei332809
    andrei332809 19 August 2013 12: 06
    Nuuuu, if the NATO team is pulled in the next year, then their tank will be pink, and commander Ivan Dulin with TNT
    1. Muadipus
      Muadipus 19 August 2013 12: 44
      Pink is discrimination against "gay". NATO tanks should definitely be rainbow striped.
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      2. kazssr
        kazssr 20 August 2013 10: 20
        right thinking muadipus hi laughing
    2. karimbaev
      karimbaev 19 August 2013 14: 54
      this is exactly the brother noticed))))))))))
  18. takeshi
    takeshi 19 August 2013 12: 16
    Bronze went to the Ukrainian tank? During the competition, did they quietly squeeze the yellow tank from the Belarusians? laughing
  19. zzaharr
    zzaharr 19 August 2013 12: 54
    As for the coloring - the decision is correct. The absence of khaki and camouflage gives a "convention", in fact, what distinguishes sport from real life.
    Moreover, it would be good if Uralvagonzavod prepared a version of the T-90-SPORT for the next competition. ;)
  20. fedorru
    fedorru 19 August 2013 13: 17
    Looking at the repainted tanks I remembered this parody in The Big Difference
  21. nod739
    nod739 19 August 2013 13: 40
    looking at the different colors .... maybe a little refine and play paintball with tanks ???.
    1. Akim
      Akim 19 August 2013 13: 45
      Quote: nod739
      looking at the colorfulness ....

      Change the Lada tanks - this will be a SHOW!
  22. awg75
    awg75 19 August 2013 13: 42
    very interesting idea !!! make a good report with a competent commentator and would love to watch. to paint the tanks in pink personally, I think ...... I myself served and I think someone will agree with me that this is simply a humiliation of formidable equipment. hang flags on a flexible antenna or a bright colored sign on a tower .... but a pink tank is already too much.
  23. shinobi
    shinobi 19 August 2013 14: 16
    Another tradition of the USSR has returned! And thank God! Only then it was called differently. good
  24. erased
    erased 19 August 2013 14: 17
    Good idea, if only it would not become profanity. We look forward to continuing!
    1. Cynic
      Cynic 19 August 2013 20: 29
      Quote: erased
      We look forward to continue!

      And a real display of the ratio of the combat properties of vehicles, at least in this biathlon.
  25. Nike
    Nike 19 August 2013 17: 04
    In NATO, I read about such competitions in the magazine "Foreign Military Review" thirty years ago.
  26. Yuri Y.
    Yuri Y. 19 August 2013 21: 14
    The idea is correct, there is nothing to complain about color; this is a convention. Although in life after a miss of 500 meters this is nonsense. After a miss, I think they’ll get you in the answer and you won’t leave anywhere.