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Tank Biathlon World Championship 2014: Russia's Latest Invention

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The tank of Kuwait`s team drives through a sand obstacle. Other countries that sent teams were Armenia, India, Belarus and Venezuela.

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Serbia's vehicle has a green flag hoisted on top. Alongside Angola, Kazakhstan and Mongolia, the Serbian team took part in the first stage of individual races with which the event kicked off.

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Even before the event started, Russian tank drivers were determined to show some skills.

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During the event crews face a number of challenges. They have to navigate a distance of up to 20 km with various obstacles in sight (rivers included). A minimum set of targets must be shot.

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Apart from being a tale of earth, water and sand, the contest was also a tale of fire, and this Russian tank was a good example.

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ITAR-TASS quoted Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu as saying that "the event turns a new page in the international military cooperation".

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The tank of team Mongolia in the picture is a Russian one... like most of the vehicles in the competition. Crews from around the world did not bring tanks with them; Russia provided T-72Bs instead.

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Some contenders used bridges to have some rest surrounded by calm waters.

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Water can also be a tough challenge.

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Only China has decided to participate with its own machines. Here, the country's main battle tank sent for the race could be seen.

The so-called "tank biathlon" discipline was invented by the Russian military in August 2013.

It is analogous to Olympic biathlon, with a single difference: it includes tanks.

The new sport has enjoyed a warm reception from many people, and this year's tournament is yet another evidence.

Between August 4 and 16, scores of tanks from twelve countries are taking part in the first-ever Tank Biathlon World Championship.

A similar competition was also held last year, but it featured only Soviet-Union countries.

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