This video is by WarLeaks – Daily Military Defense Videos and Combat Footage is of tanks & armored vehicles from Russia and China showing their power in action by driving through extreme conditions and firing their powerful guns. This took place during Russia’s Military Olympics, an exhibit to demonstrate that their skills do not fall behind their North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) counterparts. The event is in its second year.
NATO is a military alliance comprised of European and North American democracies. It was founded after World War II to strengthen international ties between member states (most significantly, the United States and Europe) and to serve as a counter-balance to the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact.
Russian officials have said that they invited the United States and other NATO countries, but they declined. Greece is the only NATO member that participated in the games and Germany was only present as an observer.
The Russian Military Olympics is like a cross between the Olympics and a military recruitment display. This International Army Games held by Russia, kicked off with 121 teams from 19 countries competing in some disciplines that blend spectator sports with military drills to test out the combat readiness of tanks, fighter jets, snipers and even barracks cooking staff.
The games include exciting events, such as armored vehicle racing, “tank biathlons” (where tanks race round a track, shooting and performing jumps), military engineering trials, anti-aircraft defense simulations, and a cooking competition.
The game seems to be the country’s way to promote the military as a symbol of national pride in Russia, a trend that has been particularly strong after the country’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Over the past three years, the Russian army has undergone a significant rebranding wherein the military has become a more central part of Russian public life.
Besides major modernization efforts, military-themed events take place during most months, while state media celebrate the armed forces’ prowess. Additionally, army merchandise has become widespread as a chain of military-owned stores selling army-branded clothing has sprung up across Moscow.