The Philippine Army will be participating in the Russia-led International Army Games for the first time in its 2018 edition which will be held July 29 to August 12.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced Philippines’ participation late last month. Algeria, Vietnam, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Sudan are also participating for the first time.
“It is a pleasure to see that the scope of competitions expand geographically and the list of participants grow. This year the Games will bring together 181 teams from 32 countries, nearly a third more than last year,” Shoigu said as quoted by Russian news outlet TASS.
Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Kazakhstan, Iran, and Armenia with Russia will act as event organizers.
International Army Games 2018 will feature obstacle course, relay, live firing, target, and race competitions for tank, K-9, infantry, armored vehicle, aircraft, amphibious unit, artillery, drone, among others.
Majority of the competitions will be held in Russia, however, some of the competitions will be held in Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Kazakhstan, Iran including the Sniper Rifle competition which is the lone event the Philippines is joining, according to the official website of International Army Games 2018.
Last year, the Philippine Army attended the International Army Games as observer.
“We are pleased to observe the International Army Games and we are looking forward to participating as competitors in the future. This is a great way to build networks between the armed forces of different countries and enhance our skills,” then Army chief Lieutenant General Glorioso Miranda said.
Source: http://tass.com/defense/1011463; http://armygames2018.mil.ru/sniper_frontier_ru; http://dfa.gov.ph/newsroom/news-from-our-foreign-service-postsupdate/13535-philippine-army-observes-3rd-international-army-games-in-moscow-mulls-future-participation