The behemoths of the World Tank Biathlon

Tank teams from 12 countries competed in speed and shooting competition
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Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

When you think of a biathlon you usually envision chiseled athletes not big lumbering tanks. But at last week’s World Tank Biathlon, bigger and bulkier was better. The tank biathlon requires each steel behemoth to cover around 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) in the shortest time possible while shooting at various targets and making it through a variety of obstacles. Armenia, Kazakhstan, China, Serbia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, India, Mongolia and Kuwait all competed in the challenge which Russia ultimately won.

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