The Russian preliminaries of the tank biathlon competition opened outside Moscow in Alabino on Monday. The Russian stage of the competition will run for one week, setting the stage for the International Tank Biathlon Competition, which will be held in Russia from July 26 to August 10.
The tank biathlon is similar to a regular biathlon and consists of three laps run around a twenty-kilometer route. Participants need to negotiate several obstacles, such as a slalom section, river shallows, a steep hill, a pontoon bridge and an escarpment. Tank teams fire at targets imitating tanks and low-flying helicopters at distances of 900-2,200 meters.
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