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    Russia Invites U.S. To A 'Tank Biathlon'

    Russia has invited the U.S. to participate in a tank biathlon so that both nations may learn to play nice Ч with heavy artillery.

    The invitation was apparently extended while Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with their Russian counterparts Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu in Washington on Friday. The "two-on-two" talks were intended to relieve some of the tension between the two countries, so the suggestion of a little friendly competition Ч under fire Ч wasn't out of place.

    Defense Minister Shoigu repeated the invitation during a Friday press conference, and according to Russia's RIA Novosti news service, Shoigu says the U.S. agreed.

    "'We've invited our American colleagues to participate ... and our invitation was accepted by US Secretary of Defense [Chuck] Hagel,' Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Saturday."

    NPR can't confirm this Ч calls to the Department of Defense went unanswered Saturday Ч but if such an event does take place, Shoigu says it'll be sometime next year.

    Russia might have the advantage, however; ITAR-TASS reports Russia has already hosted at least two tank biathlons. Another, the championship, is planned next week.

    As to what exactly happens in a tank biathlon, think of a regular biathlon Ч then forget about it:

    "In the tank biathlon, every tank runs almost 20 kilometres at a maximum possible speed, while firing from all weapons the targets, which are rising in different directions and distances. On the course, a tank has to pass repeatedly a ford, fences, a rut bridge, high-speed sections and overtaking passages. At all the times, the crew remains constantly in the firing position."

    Russia Invites U.S. To A 'Tank Biathlon' | WAER

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    Another measuring contest?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doktor View Post
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    Another measuring contest?
    any number of advisers would be telling people at the big table to run away from that one...

    it makes the chinese "travel agents" model look legit...

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    Wonder why the Russian Defense Minister would extend such an offer, and then say the US SecDef accepted it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doktor View Post
    Wonder why the Russian Defense Minister would extend such an offer, and then say the US SecDef accepted it.
    they hear and "listen" to all the advice from the various alphabets as well as Depts, and then make up their own mind....

    its all about risk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doktor View Post
    Wonder why the Russian Defense Minister would extend such an offer, and then say the US SecDef accepted it.
    They can make the competition run in their favor.And then show some nice clips to Arab princes/various potentates.A somewhat risky marketing ploy.
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    "harvesting heaven" for the home team

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    The Abrams could sit still, kill all the targets on the first half on the course using the MRM-CE. Then dash 10km, stop and kill the second half of the targets. Oh and do it at night...

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    Yup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zraver View Post
    The Abrams could sit still, kill all the targets on the first half on the course using the MRM-CE. Then dash 10km, stop and kill the second half of the targets. Oh and do it at night...
    What if the targets don't pop up until triggered by the tank moving to a certain point of the course?

    I see this as a marketing brochure material for the Russian tanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunnut View Post
    What if the targets don't pop up until triggered by the tank moving to a certain point of the course?

    I see this as a marketing brochure material for the Russian tanks.
    They probably wouldn't NEED to pop-up; in the Gulf War, the Abrams 1st-gen thermal imaging FLIR was able to "see" Iraqi tanks behind sand dunes. The newer, Block I 2nd generation forward-looking infrared (FLIR) technology is even more capable.
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