Putin showboats again: Russia flexes its military might in Olympics-style War Games against China, Iran and Syria – after showing off hypersonic super-missile following Trump meeting 

Putin showboats again: Russia flexes its military might in Olympics-style War Games against China, Iran and Syria – after showing off hypersonic super-missile following Trump meeting

By Brendan Mcfadden For Mailonline

08:44 EDT 04 Aug 2018, updated 10:52 EDT 04 Aug 2018

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• The Russian army has been pitted against troops from China, Iran and Syria in the International Army Games 

• It is set-up by the Russian military and involves events such as a tank biathlon, and an amphibious assault contest

• In the Russian leg, teams competed in an open water contest which challenged troops to cross the Oka River using pontoons and armoured vehicles

The Russian army has been pitted against troops from China, Iran and Syria in a series of Olympic-style competitions.

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The International Army Games is set up by the Russian military and involves events such as a tank biathlon, an amphibious assault contest and a fighter jet manoeuvring tournament.

In the Russian leg of the tournament, which is currently taking place in the Vladimir Region , teams competed in an open water contest which challenged troops to cross the Oka River using pontoons and armoured vehicles.

The hosting of the event  in the country comes after Russia flexed its military muscle last month when it showcased its hyper-sonic supermissile factory –  just days after its President Vladimir Putin met with US President Donald Trump in Helsinki.

Teams from 32 countries are taking part in the two-week event, including troops from Myanmar and Sudan. 

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said: ‘Each year we see more teams participating in the games as well as the contests become more complicated.’

Russia holds ‘tank biathlon’ at International Army Games

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The International Army Games is set up by the Russian military and involves events such as a tank biathlon

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<img id=”i-5f355a732646a512″ class=”img-share” src=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/04/13/4ECD6B4000000578-0-image-a-32_1533384217517.jpg&#8221; width=”962″ height=”642″ alt=”Russian soldiers during the Open Water contest which challenged them to cross the Oka River using pontoons and armoured vehicles”/>

Russian soldiers during the Open Water contest which challenged them to cross the Oka River using pontoons and armoured vehicles

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<img id=”i-5e641a6674930512″ class=”img-share” src=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/04/13/4ECD6B5000000578-0-image-a-35_1533384217574.jpg&#8221; width=”962″ height=”642″ alt=”A Russian military truck taking part in a amphibious assault contest which is held as part of the two-week event “/>

A Russian military truck taking part in a amphibious assault contest which is held as part of the two-week event 

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