An Indian Army team has crashed out of international ‘Tank Biathlon’ held in Russia after its main battle tank T-90 developed technical snag in its final stage leaving the nation in doubts about its credibility in the battle front. The only other tanks which had made it to the final rounds were from Russia,Kazakhstan, China and Belarus.
India has fielded its prestigious T-90 Tanks which occupies most of the squadrons in the battalion which were initially imported from Russia and after that. they were being produced in India under the “Make in India” campaign. Though the tanks had performed exceedingly well in the initial stages, things did not go as planned in the next round.
When one of the tanks could not compete, India fielded another tank but due to the overflow of oil, the T-90 could not reach the finish line. India is one of the participants along with China in the 19 nation event. The Tank Biathlon commenced at Alabino Ranges on July 29 and India was one among the Top 12 to be selected for stage II relay race.
Though the Indian Army has been participating in this competition for the past three years, this is the first time, it has fielded T-90 which has proved to be a major disaster putting its war capability in question.
The competition is an international event conducted as part of the International Army Games held every year since 2013 at Alabino Ranges in Russia with other events in this 28 round meet is held in Russia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and China.