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Russia invites US to tank biathlon as inaugural competition gets under way
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/10237533/Russia-invites-US-to-tank-biathlon-as-inaugural-competition-gets-under-way.html ^

Posted on 08/13/2013 2:09:28 AM PDT by kronos77

A tank biathlon may sound like an unlikely olive branch, but that has not prevented Russia's defence ministry reportedly extending an invite to their US counterparts despite the current diplomatic tensions between the two countries. 4:00PM BST 12 Aug 2013 A tank biathlon, the first of which is currently taking place in Russia this week, sees powerful T-72 tanks race over a 13-mile track, shooting at five targets along the way. Each target they miss means another 500 metres to travel. So far, only tanks from four countries have taken part, but the Russian Defence Minister is reported to have sent an invitation to the US armed forces to join in. The invitation was reportedly handed out when US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met their Russian counterparts Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu in Washington on Friday. Given the current strain in American relations with Moscow due to the Kremlin's refusal to hand over NSA leaker Edward Snowden to US authorities, it is unclear whether Washington will accept the proposal.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: military; russia; tanks

1 posted on 08/13/2013 2:09:29 AM PDT by kronos77
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To: kronos77

Are there enough tanks and personnel within the budget being slashed by Obama to send over there.
If Obama had his way he’d send a jeep and one driver.


2 posted on 08/13/2013 2:31:26 AM PDT by Netz
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To: Netz
With the Obama economy this is what we can afford to send over.

3 posted on 08/13/2013 3:07:53 AM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: kronos77
They wish: all they want is get a chance to get their hands on an M1A2/watch it perform to full specs!

The video shows generation-before-last junk firing while paused. We fire on the move, going one heckuva lot faster than those old birds are moving...

There stuff's too old school to use as targets.

4 posted on 08/13/2013 3:26:17 AM PDT by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: Chainmail
*Sigh*. There stuff = Their stuff.

That's what I get for typing while undercaffeinated.

5 posted on 08/13/2013 3:28:33 AM PDT by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: Chainmail

>>>The video shows generation-before-last junk firing while paused. We fire on the move, going one heckuva lot faster than those old birds are moving...<<<

Browse YouTube for T-80 and T-90MS. They aren’t any slower than M1A1, capable to fire on the move and has a fire control pretty much similar to US tanks.


6 posted on 08/13/2013 3:48:46 AM PDT by cunning_fish
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