Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Russian T-72 tank rolled over during practice for ‘Tank Biathlon’

A Russian Army’s T-72 tank driver has managed to roll the huge military vehicle onto its back during practice for the ‘Tank Biathlon’ сompetition.

On 9 March, blogger released a dramatic image that purportedly showed rollover accident with T-72B tank of Russian Armed Forces during practice for the ‘Tank Biathlon’, a mechanised military sport invented by Russia.

On the state of the crew of the tank is not reported.


The tank biathlon is a mechanised military sport event promoted by the Russian military, with some similarities to the winter sport of biathlon.

It utilizes the complex training of tank crews including their rough terrain passing skills combined with the ability to provide accurate and rapid fire while performing maneuvers.

The tank contest follows the rules of a classic biathlon, with each vehicle aiming to cover around 15 kilometers in the shortest time possible while shooting at various targets, which include models of tanks, helicopters and the crews of rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

Russian army officials initially came up with the idea to adapt the popular winter sport into a military competition in 2013.

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