Brig. Gen. Bagheri:

Iran ‘learned a lot’ at Russia’s Intl. Army Games

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TEHRAN, Aug. 15 (MNA) – Deputy chief of staff of the Armed forces said Mon. that development of the country’s defense diplomacy was the greatest achievement for participating in the International Army Games 2016 in Moscow.

Brig. Gen. Mohammad Hassan Bagheri, deputy chief of staff of the Armed forces, told Mehr News correspondent that the greatest achievement of Iran’s participation at the International Army Games in Moscow was the introduction of Armed forces staff to the abilities, equipment and strengths of other countries.

“Fortunately, we achieved all of our predetermined goals during the army games and it was a good experience for participating in other international military games,” he added.

Bagheri evaluated the results achieved by Iranian teams as satisfactory, adding “regardless of the ranking obtained from the seven Iranian teams, five were among the top participants and one team managed to claim the second place.”

Iranian teams participated in the games with equipment from the host country; “some of this military equipment did not exist in our Armed forces and this factor affected the final results,” he said.

“In general, differences were very minimal, but we learned certain tips such as the combination of military skills that revealed the need to increase skills among our troops,” he said.

Iran participated in the games for the first time and came 5th in the competitions out of 19 countries-participants.

Iranian Brig. Gen. Vali Madani has expressed the country’s desire to participate in the games next year in all competitions of the international tournament.

The IAG, hosted by Russia, kicked off on July 30, featuring competitions in 23 disciplines, including tank biathlon, the sniper frontier, gunsmith master and clear sky. A total of 121 teams from 19 countries including China, Kazakhstan, Iran, Zimbabwe, Serbia, and Belarus took part in the two-week event. 11 observer countries monitored this year’s competitions. 

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