ASTANA, August 3 (ChinaMil) -- Two events of the International Army Games 2016 kicked off in Kazakhstan on August 2. Over 270 soldiers from 12 countries including China, Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus will compete against each other in the two events.
The two events, Masters of Artillery Fire and Sniper Frontier, will be held at the Gvardeisky training range in Jambyl Region of Kazakhstan from August 2 to 9 while the other events will be held in Russia.
Military teams from 13 countries were scheduled to participate in the events in Kazakhstan. However, the team from Angola withdrew from the race due to a training accident on July 27 which left one Angolan soldier dead and many injured.
The International Army Games 2016 kicked off in Russia on July 30 and it will run until August 13. There are 23 competitions in the games including Tank Biathlon, Suvorov Attack, Clear Sky, Sea Cup, Aviadarts and Keys to the Sky.
These events cover armor, artillery, air defense, reconnaissance, engineering, chemical defense, special warfare, aviation, airborne and other professional operations, as well as repair, field kitchen, health service and other support areas.
A total of 128 teams from 18 countries involving more than 3,000 officers and soldiers will participate in the games. Over 1,000 Chinese soldiers in 22 teams will participate in 22 competitions.
The first International Army Games was held in Russia in 2015, providing military arenas to 57 teams from 17 countries.