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  • 16 August 2014, 17:06

On Target: Tanks Battle It Out In Biathlon

Russia scored a direct hit on Saturday after finishing first and second in a tank biathlon world championship at a training centre near Moscow.

Teams from 12 countries took part in the competition at the military base in Alabino, including Angola, Armenia, Belarus, Venezuela, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Kuwait, Mongolia, Russia and Serbia.

All the crews used T-72 tanks, apart from China which used a T-96.

The tanks tackled obstacle courses and tests of shooting accuracy at targets using machine guns and their main weapons.

Russian teams finished in first and second place, with Kazakhstan in third.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said: "I send my special gratitude to the representatives of all the nations who have found a way to come to the championship despite the challenging international situation."

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