Let The 2018 International Army Games Military Olympics Games Begin!

Submitted by: daegog 5 months ago in Misc


I'd rather watch a Tank Biathlon then any event currently in the Winter Olympics.

An excerpt from Business Insider: South Africa came dead last in a spectacular "tank biathlon" even in Russia on the weekend, the opening event in the 2018 International Army Games, billed as the Olympics of the military world.

South Africa's tank team was clocked at 57 minutes to finish the course – versus less than 26 minutes for SA's group winner, Azerbaijan, to finish.

On average the countries that finished the event did so in 31 minutes and 17 seconds. Only Zimbabwe came close to being as slow as SA, at a finishing time of 54 minutes and 27 seconds.

These were the official rankings, with South Africa (bottom right) identified by its Cyrillic acronym.



The racetrack features crazy high-speed sections, slalom-type poles, an anti-tank trench, and other obstacles. At various points along the track the tanks fire at targets that simulate infantry, another tank, and a helicopter. 

The Army Games run until August 11, with 28 events featuring 39 competing nations.

Most of the events take place in Russia, but there are also events scheduled in China, Kazakhstan, Iran, Belarus, and Armenia.

The Games includes everything from falconry – with drones – to a field-kitchen cook-off. 

But few of the events are as spectacular as the tank race.
There are 12 comments:
Male 2,018
All the takes appeared to be the same model, so either provided by the hosts to each nation, or just the nations that use those tanks.    BTW, seeing that tank drift is kinda scary.
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Male 729
The toughest of obstacles is a man with out stretched arms holding a suitcase.
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Male 91
What a pointless, expensive waste of time IMHO. It displays the worst elements of humanity, and I thought NASCAR and monster trucks were the worst "sporting" events ever. Why you find this entertaining Daegog is beyond my understanding.
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Male 109
This is certainly interesting, but it's no substitute for snowboarding, ice hockey, or skiing. On a side note, I can't express how American this sounds or how shocked I am that apparently The United States doesn't even compete.
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Male 9,631
UberBored21 I don't see an NATO members in the lists. Perhaps the organisers realized that setting Azerbaijan and Zimbabwe against the US would only have one result.
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Male 109
LordJim Touché.
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Male 9,692
This over Hockey?  You are wrong daegog
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Male 5,344
Make it interesting, add a Tank Plinking event.
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Male 7,525
trimble I think a giant tank battle where they all had paint ball shells to shoot at the other tanks would be a great fun to watch.
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Male 2,345
daegog Kornbluth's 1950s SciFi novel 'The Syndic' had a polo game played with an armored ball moved by machine guns mounted on jeeps.
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Male 2,277
There's been lots of tank competitions over the decades, but that one looks like the biggest I've heard of!
Of course Anime has this covered (Girls und Panzer) Lolz!
Gif:
https://giphy.com/gifs/jump-panzer-flim-5jWexhBKhTHoI

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