International Army Games 2018

The International Army Games 2018 are held from July 28 to Aug. 11 in seven different countries; 189 teams from 32 nations are taking part. Soldiers participate in a variety of contests including Open Water, Sniper Frontier, Seaborne Assault, Army Scout Masters all-army competition, Safe Route Race, Clear Sky Race for air-defense missile units and Tank Biathlon. Russia, China, Syria, Iran, Myanmar, Vietnam, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Venezuela are among the participating counties.

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<p>Russian soldiers during the Open Water contest between pontoon bridge units at the 2018 International Army Games on the Oka River, Vladimir Region, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

Russian soldiers during the Open Water contest between pontoon bridge units at the 2018 International Army Games on the Oka River, Vladimir Region, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>A helicopter over visitors during the Open Water contest between pontoon bridge units at the 2018 International Army Games on the Oka River, Vladimir Region, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

A helicopter over visitors during the Open Water contest between pontoon bridge units at the 2018 International Army Games on the Oka River, Vladimir Region, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>A soldier during the Open Water contest between pontoon bridge units at the 2018 International Army Games on the Oka River, Vladimir Region, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

A soldier during the Open Water contest between pontoon bridge units at the 2018 International Army Games on the Oka River, Vladimir Region, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>A Msta-S self propelled artillery gun during the Open Water contest between pontoon bridge units at the 2018 International Army Games on the Oka River, Vladimir Region, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

A Msta-S self propelled artillery gun during the Open Water contest between pontoon bridge units at the 2018 International Army Games on the Oka River, Vladimir Region, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Russian and Chinese national flags fly during the Open Water competition for pontoon bridge units, as part of the International Army Games 2018, outside Murom, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters) </p>
International Army Games 2018

Russian and Chinese national flags fly during the Open Water competition for pontoon bridge units, as part of the International Army Games 2018, outside Murom, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

<p>Soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (People’s Republic of China) march in formation during the Open Water contest between pontoon bridge units at the 2018 International Army Games on the Oka River, Vladimir Region, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

Soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (People’s Republic of China) march in formation during the Open Water contest between pontoon bridge units at the 2018 International Army Games on the Oka River, Vladimir Region, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>A Russian military truck on a PTS-2 amphibian during the Open Water contest between pontoon bridge units at the 2018 International Army Games on the Oka River, Vladimir Region, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

A Russian military truck on a PTS-2 amphibian during the Open Water contest between pontoon bridge units at the 2018 International Army Games on the Oka River, Vladimir Region, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>A Russian Orthodox priest near a mobile chapel, during the Open Water contest between pontoon bridge units at the 2018 International Army Games on the Oka River, Vladimir Region, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

A Russian Orthodox priest near a mobile chapel, during the Open Water contest between pontoon bridge units at the 2018 International Army Games on the Oka River, Vladimir Region, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Russian servicemen look on as a Mi-24 helicopter fly overhead during the Open Water competition for pontoon bridge units, as part of the International Army Games 2018, outside Murom, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters) </p>
International Army Games 2018

Russian servicemen look on as a Mi-24 helicopter fly overhead during the Open Water competition for pontoon bridge units, as part of the International Army Games 2018, outside Murom, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

<p>Vessels float along the Oka River during the Open Water competition for pontoon bridge units, as part of the International Army Games 2018, outside Murom, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters) </p>
International Army Games 2018

Vessels float along the Oka River during the Open Water competition for pontoon bridge units, as part of the International Army Games 2018, outside Murom, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

<p>Myanmar’s servicemen, participants in the Sniper Frontier contest of the 2018 International Army Games, during celebrations of Paratroopers’ Day at the 38th Guards Air Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Belarus in Brest, Belarus, Aug. 2, 2018. (Photo: Viktor Drachev/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

Myanmar’s servicemen, participants in the Sniper Frontier contest of the 2018 International Army Games, during celebrations of Paratroopers’ Day at the 38th Guards Air Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Belarus in Brest, Belarus, Aug. 2, 2018. (Photo: Viktor Drachev/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Members of the Russian team transport tanks on a pontoon bridge during the Open Water competition for pontoon bridge units, as part of the International Army Games 2018, outside Murom, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters) </p>
International Army Games 2018

Members of the Russian team transport tanks on a pontoon bridge during the Open Water competition for pontoon bridge units, as part of the International Army Games 2018, outside Murom, Russia, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

<p>A Chinese team member competes in the survival trail event of the International Army Games 2018 ‘Seaborne Assault’ on Aug. 2, 2018 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province of China. (Photo: Wang Dongming/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

A Chinese team member competes in the survival trail event of the International Army Games 2018 ‘Seaborne Assault’ on Aug. 2, 2018 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province of China. (Photo: Wang Dongming/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)

<p>A Chinese team member fires a rocket launcher in the survival trail event of the International Army Games 2018 ‘Seaborne Assault’ on Aug. 2, 2018 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province of China. (Photo: Wang Dongming/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

A Chinese team member fires a rocket launcher in the survival trail event of the International Army Games 2018 ‘Seaborne Assault’ on Aug. 2, 2018 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province of China. (Photo: Wang Dongming/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)

<p>Servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces during the Scout Trail obstacle course, a stage of the Army Scout Masters competition among reconnaissance units, as part of the 2018 International Army Games at the Koltsovo range in Novosibirsk region, Russia on Aug. 2, 2018. (Photo: Kirill Kukhmar/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

Servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces during the Scout Trail obstacle course, a stage of the Army Scout Masters competition among reconnaissance units, as part of the 2018 International Army Games at the Koltsovo range in Novosibirsk region, Russia on Aug. 2, 2018. (Photo: Kirill Kukhmar/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>A serviceman of the Russian Armed Forces during the Scout Trail obstacle course, a stage of the Army Scout Masters competition among reconnaissance units, as part of the 2018 International Army Games at the Koltsovo range in Novosibirsk region, Russia on Aug. 2, 2018. (Photo: Kirill Kukhmar/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

A serviceman of the Russian Armed Forces during the Scout Trail obstacle course, a stage of the Army Scout Masters competition among reconnaissance units, as part of the 2018 International Army Games at the Koltsovo range in Novosibirsk region, Russia on Aug. 2, 2018. (Photo: Kirill Kukhmar/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>A sapper from Russia competes during the Safe Route Race as part of the International Army Games 2018 on Aug. 2, 2018 in Korla, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. (Photo: Wang Xiaojun/China News Service/VCG/Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

A sapper from Russia competes during the Safe Route Race as part of the International Army Games 2018 on Aug. 2, 2018 in Korla, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. (Photo: Wang Xiaojun/China News Service/VCG/Getty Images)

<p>Chinese soldiers cheer in the survival trail event of the International Army Games 2018 ‘Seaborne Assault’ on Aug. 2, 2018 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province of China. (Photo: Wang Dongming/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

Chinese soldiers cheer in the survival trail event of the International Army Games 2018 ‘Seaborne Assault’ on Aug. 2, 2018 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province of China. (Photo: Wang Dongming/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)

<p>A serviceman of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan during the Scout Trail obstacle course, a stage of the Army Scout Masters competition among reconnaissance units, as part of the 2018 International Army Games at the Koltsovo range in Novosibirsk region, Russia on Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Kirill Kukhmar/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

A serviceman of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan during the Scout Trail obstacle course, a stage of the Army Scout Masters competition among reconnaissance units, as part of the 2018 International Army Games at the Koltsovo range in Novosibirsk region, Russia on Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Kirill Kukhmar/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>A serviceman of the Sudanese Armed Forces during the Scout Trail obstacle course, a stage of the Army Scout Masters competition among reconnaissance units, as part of the 2018 International Army Games at the Koltsovo range in Novosibirsk region, Russia on Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Kirill Kukhmar/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

A serviceman of the Sudanese Armed Forces during the Scout Trail obstacle course, a stage of the Army Scout Masters competition among reconnaissance units, as part of the 2018 International Army Games at the Koltsovo range in Novosibirsk region, Russia on Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Kirill Kukhmar/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>A serviceman of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) during the Scout Trail obstacle course, a stage of the Army Scout Masters competition among reconnaissance units, as part of the 2018 International Army Games at the Koltsovo range in Novosibirsk region, Russia on Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Kirill Kukhmar/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

A serviceman of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) during the Scout Trail obstacle course, a stage of the Army Scout Masters competition among reconnaissance units, as part of the 2018 International Army Games at the Koltsovo range in Novosibirsk region, Russia on Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Kirill Kukhmar/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>People cheer during the Clear Sky Race for air-defense missile units as part of the International Army Games 2018 on July 31, 2018 in Korla, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. (Photo: VCG via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

People cheer during the Clear Sky Race for air-defense missile units as part of the International Army Games 2018 on July 31, 2018 in Korla, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. (Photo: VCG via Getty Images)

<p>Members of the Vietnamese team prepare for an individual race in Stage 1 of the Tank Biathlon Contest at the 2018 International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, Russia on July 31, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

Members of the Vietnamese team prepare for an individual race in Stage 1 of the Tank Biathlon Contest at the 2018 International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, Russia on July 31, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>A member of the Tajik team before an individual race in Stage 1 of the Tank Biathlon Contest at the 2018 International Army Games at Alabino Firing Range, Moscow region, Russia on July 31, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

A member of the Tajik team before an individual race in Stage 1 of the Tank Biathlon Contest at the 2018 International Army Games at Alabino Firing Range, Moscow region, Russia on July 31, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Syrian military officers support their team during an individual race in Stage 1 of the Tank Biathlon Contest at the 2018 International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, Russia on July 31, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

Syrian military officers support their team during an individual race in Stage 1 of the Tank Biathlon Contest at the 2018 International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, Russia on July 31, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>A serviceman after an individual race in Stage 1 of the Tank Biathlon Contest at the 2018 International Army Games at Alabino Firing Range, Moscow region, Russia on July 31, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

A serviceman after an individual race in Stage 1 of the Tank Biathlon Contest at the 2018 International Army Games at Alabino Firing Range, Moscow region, Russia on July 31, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>A member of the Serbian team after an individual race in Stage 1 of the Tank Biathlon Contest at the 2018 International Army Games at Alabino Firing Range, Moscow region, Russia on July 31, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

A member of the Serbian team after an individual race in Stage 1 of the Tank Biathlon Contest at the 2018 International Army Games at Alabino Firing Range, Moscow region, Russia on July 31, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>A T-72B3 tank navigates an obstacle in an individual race in Stage 1 of the Tank Biathlon Contest at the 2018 International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, Russia on July 31, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

A T-72B3 tank navigates an obstacle in an individual race in Stage 1 of the Tank Biathlon Contest at the 2018 International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, Russia on July 31, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Venezuelan marines compete during an obstacle course of the Seaborne Assault contest as part of the International Army Games 2018 on July 30, 2018 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province of China. (Photo: Wang Dongming/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

Venezuelan marines compete during an obstacle course of the Seaborne Assault contest as part of the International Army Games 2018 on July 30, 2018 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province of China. (Photo: Wang Dongming/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)

<p>Air-defense missile units from Uzbekistan compete in the Clear Sky Race for air-defense missile units as part of the International Army Games 2018 on July 31, 2018 in Korla, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. (Photo: VCG via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

Air-defense missile units from Uzbekistan compete in the Clear Sky Race for air-defense missile units as part of the International Army Games 2018 on July 31, 2018 in Korla, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. (Photo: VCG via Getty Images)

<p>Chinese marines compete during an obstacle course of the Seaborne Assault contest as part of the International Army Games 2018 on July 30, 2018 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province of China. (Photo: VCG via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

Chinese marines compete during an obstacle course of the Seaborne Assault contest as part of the International Army Games 2018 on July 30, 2018 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province of China. (Photo: VCG via Getty Images)

<p>An Iranian marine competes during an obstacle course of the Seaborne Assault contest as part of the International Army Games 2018 on July 30, 2018 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province of China. (Photo: Wang Dongming/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

An Iranian marine competes during an obstacle course of the Seaborne Assault contest as part of the International Army Games 2018 on July 30, 2018 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province of China. (Photo: Wang Dongming/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)

<p>Spectators take photos as helicopters perform during the opening ceremony of three games hosted by Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), part of International Army Games 2018 in Korla, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, July 29, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters) </p>
International Army Games 2018

Spectators take photos as helicopters perform during the opening ceremony of three games hosted by Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), part of International Army Games 2018 in Korla, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, July 29, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters)

<p>Children play with a Soviet-era machine gun during the International Army Games 2018, in Alabino outside Moscow, Russia, July 28, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters) </p>
International Army Games 2018

Children play with a Soviet-era machine gun during the International Army Games 2018, in Alabino outside Moscow, Russia, July 28, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)

<p>A tank operated by a crew from China drives during the Tank Biathlon competition at the International Army Games 2018, in Alabino outside Moscow, Russia, July 28, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters) </p>
International Army Games 2018

A tank operated by a crew from China drives during the Tank Biathlon competition at the International Army Games 2018, in Alabino outside Moscow, Russia, July 28, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)

<p>Servicemen from Zimbabwe watch an individual race of the tank biathlon competition as part of the 2018 International Army Games at the Alabino training ground in the Moscow region, Russia on July 28, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
2018 International Army Games

Servicemen from Zimbabwe watch an individual race of the tank biathlon competition as part of the 2018 International Army Games at the Alabino training ground in the Moscow region, Russia on July 28, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images)

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