In a major embarrassment, the Indian Army has been knocked out of the high-profile worldwide tank biathlon after both the main and reserve T-90 main battle tanks developed mechanical problems. About 200 military diplomats and 300 foreign observers will attend the final competition of Tank Biathlon and the closing ceremony of the International Army Games in Alabino near Moscow, the organizers said on Saturday.
The Indian squad, as a result of the breakdown, wasn't able to compete in the competition.
India is competing with 18 other countries, including China, in the "Tank Biathlon" which began on July 29.
Russian Federation and Kazakhstan participated with T-72B3 tanks, Belarus with a modernised T-72, and China with the home-grown Type 96B.
A total of 19 countries have participated in the event and the top 12 of them were to be selected for stage II relay race.
Though the Indian Army has been participating in this competition for the past three years, this is the first time, it has fielded T-90 which has proved to be a major disaster putting its war capability in question. While Russia and Kazakhstan are participating in the competition with their T-72B3 tanks, Belarus is showcasing its T-72 all while China is riding its indigenous Type 96B. International Army Games involve 28 events which are organised in Russia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and China.