Tank Biathlon!


A Chinese team took the fourth place as the second stage of Moscow Tank Biathlon wrapped up on Tuesday, as Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are top three, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

In Tuesday's competition, the Chinese team won the third place in racing, grasping the fourth place in the overall ranking after the second stage.

China's self-designed and -manufactured 96A tank holds the record that all its shots hit targets in shooting competition; however, it fell behind its group rival the Russian team by a few seconds in racing, as Russian tank's engine is more powerful.

"It feels good overall. The driver has done a very good job," said Hou Peng, head of a tank crew of the Chinese team.

"The Russian tank boasts 1130 horsepower, over 300 more than ours. So it accelerates fast. We can only make up for the engine weakness by using our advantage, shooting."

According to Russian media, quite a few Russian T72 tanks are installed with high power engine.

Teams from 12 countries Angola, Armenia, Belarus, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia and Venezuela are competing for the title this year at the Alabino Firing Range.

China brought four 96A tanks for the competitions while other countries use T-72 tanks that the host country provided.

Inaugurated last year by the Russian military, the Tank Biathlon pits tank crews against one another in a series of individual races over obstacles including rivers and mine fields, followed by sprint and pursuit challenges.

The third stage is scheduled to kick off on Thursday.

And the top four teams will then compete in a relay race on Aug. 16 to determine the winner.

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