Indian Army team crashes out of global tank race in Russian Federation

Indian Army team crashes out of global tank race in Russian Federation

An Indian Army team has crashed out of global "Tank Biathlon" held in Russian Federation 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. According to official sources, the two T-90 tanks developed mechanical problems and were disqualified from the competition. Indian Army's tank crews were seen to be strong challengers to win the competition but this development has dashed all hopes to ground. The only other tanks which had made it to the final rounds were from Russia, Kazakhstan, China and Belarus.

A total of nineteen teams participated in the exercises while top four of them would enter the final. India had chose to field its top of the line Russian designed T-90 Main Battle Tank instead of the indigenous Arjun tank which was widely expected to participate in the games this time.

The International Army Games began on July 29 and will close on August 12 in the territories of five countries: Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan and China.

Sources said it was for the first time that the Indian team was participating with its own T-90 tanks at the competition.

The closing ceremony of the International Army Games 2017 saw a fireworks display on Saturday in Alabino, Moscow Region.