India crashes out of Russian Federation tank competition

India decided to field Russian designed T-90 instead of the indigenous Arjun tank

India crashes out of Russian Federation tank competition

An Indian Army team has crashed out of worldwide "Tank Biathlon" held in Russian Federation after its main battle tank T-90 developed technical snag.

On the other hand, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and China have moved to the final round of the competition.

India was among 19 countries, including China, which participated in the high profile event. According to official sources, the two T-90 tanks developed mechanical problems and were disqualified from the competition.

Sources said it was for the first time that the Indian team was participating with its own T-90 tanks at the competition.

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A total of nineteen teams participated in the exercises while top four of them would enter the final.

The International Army Games 2017, hosted by Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan and China, started on July 29 and lasts through Saturday.

About 200 military attaches and almost 300 foreign observers are expected to attend the final of the global Tank Biathlon contest and the closing ceremony of the large-scale annual worldwide Army Games 2017 in Moscow Region's Alabino training area, according a spokesperson for the Army Games press center.

The competition simulates actual battle field conditions involving driving at high speed and entails switching from one mode of operation to another at a fast pace.

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