Defense Ministry hopes Army Games will help sign new contracts

The demonstration of the capabilities of Russian combat equipment and weapons at firing ranges at the international Army Games may help sign new contracts for the supply of combat vehicles to Russia's foreign partners, Colonel-General Oleg Salyukov, commander-in-chief of the Russian Ground Forces, said.

The demonstration of the capabilities of Russian combat equipment and weapons at firing ranges at the international Army Games may help sign new contracts for the supply of combat vehicles to Russia's foreign partners, Colonel-General Oleg Salyukov, commander-in-chief of the Russian Ground Forces, said.

"It seems to me it's the best place to decide whether to purchase this equipment or not. The crews of every country use this equipment in competitions and examine it […] The more they use it in competitions, the better," he told reporters on Aug. 14.

At the same time, foreign colleagues who use their own equipment in the Games can realistically evaluate its capabilities and correct any flaws. "Since last year, representatives of China have taken everything into account: they have made tanks lighter, have installed more powerful engines and some equipment in accordance with the rules," Salyukov said.

Representatives of Uralvagonzavod also constantly attend the competitions, analyzing the results of every round together with Russian servicemen.

"Every round is analyzed, there are competitions going on. We have very good T-72B3 tanks, they are modernized. I don't rule out that something will be added to them after this competition," he said.

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