The Indian Army has been knocked out in high-profile international tank biathlon after two T-90 main battle tanks developed mechanical problems.
International tank biathlon is taking place at the Alabino ranges in the Moscow region of Russia after both the main and reserve
India decided 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 at the games this time.
As a result of the breakdown of both tanks, the Indian squad was unable to complete the race and was disqualified. This is a sad end to the competition for the Army's tank crews since they had topped their group in the earlier round and were seen to be strong challengers to win the competition.
Nineteen teams in total participated in the exercises with the top four entering the final. Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and China have now entered the final round of the event. Russia and Kazakhstan participated with T-72B3 tanks, Belarus with a modernised T-72 and China sent its indigenous Type 96B.
In the past, India had participated in these games using T-72 tanks provided by the Russian hosts.
Each partaking group has up to 21 work force including colleagues, a training team and a support unit. There are three phases in the opposition - all groups took an interest in the individual race. Twelve groups made it to the semi-finals including India which included a hand off race. The main four groups will likewise take part in a hand off race in the finals.