Vietnam to join International Army Games for the third time

The Vietnamese Defence Ministry has just annouced the plan to send seven teams to compete in six categories at the International Army Games 2020 in Russia.
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The sixth International Army Games will be held from Aug. 23 to Sept. 5 in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka.

Held for the first time in 2015, Army Games 2020 is expected to be the largest multilateral military event this year with over 440,000 soldiers taking part, an eight-fold increase from 2019.

Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu said the International Military-Technical Forum 2020 will also be held during the period.

Over 1,000 companies will feature more than 25,000 items of armament and military hardware at the Army-2020 international military and technical forum that will take place in Russia on Aug. 23-29, the defense Minister said at the ministry’s board meeting on June 26, reported Tass.

As part of the scientific and business program, the forum’s guests will discuss the issues of ensuring the state’s defense and security and developing the production and scientific-technological potential of Russia’s defense industry and also international military and military-technical cooperation, Shoigu said.

Alongside the military-technical forum, the International Army Games will open and Tank Biathlon teams will start competing at the Alabino practice range, the defense chief said.

This will be the third year Vietnam has sent a delegation to the Army Games.

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A T-72B3 tank used by Vietnam for the finals of the Tank Biathlon, part of the International Army Games 2019, in Russia, August 15, 2019. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

Last year, Vietnam’s 127 officers and soldiers had participated in the categories of tank biathlon, safe route, safe environment, sniper frontier, military medical relay race, field kitchen, and emergency area.

The tank team of the Vietnam People’s Army finished second after Uzbekistan in the Tank Biathlon finals.

The team had an impressive performance at the round and received enthusiastic cheers from the audiences.

Vietnam joined the Army Games for the first time in 2018 in just three disciplines at the Games, including its tank crew, who did not make it past the first roun.

Its participation in the event this year is expected to further deepen traditional friendship between the two armies and peoples on the occassion of the Vietnam-Russia and Russia-Vietnam Year (2019-2020).

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