International Army Games

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International Army Games
Армейские международные игры
Army games emblem.svg
Emblem of the games
First event2015
Occur everyyear
Last event2018
PurposeMilitary multi-sport event for nations of the World
OrganizerRussian MoD

The International Army Games is a Russian military sports event organized by the Ministry of Defense of Russia (MoD). The annual International Army Games, which have taken place since August 2015, involve close to 30 countries battling it out in dozens of competitions over two weeks to prove which nation has the most military might.[1] The games have been referred to as the War Olympics.[2]


Participant countries of the 2018 International Army Games
  • 2015 International Army Games - Russia during August 1–15, 2015.[3]
  • 2016 International Army Games - It took place from July 30 to August 13, 2016. 3,500 servicemen from 19 states fought in 23 competitions.[4]
  • 2017 International Army Games - It was held from July 29 to August 12 in 5 countries: Russia, China, Azerbaijan, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. During the games 28 international competitions were held, including 5 new ones.
  • 2018 International Army Games - It was held from July 28 to August 11, 2018. It competitions were held in Armenia and Iran for the first time. Teams from Algeria, Vietnam, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Sudan and the Philippines also took part in the games for the first time.[5]

List of competitions[edit]

  • Tank biathlon
  • Suvorov rush-combat-related competition among combat vehicles of the Games participants
  • Aviadarts: competition for flight crews
  • Masters of artillery fire: artillery calculation competition
  • Clear skies: competition among anti-aircraft units
  • Excellence troop intelligence: competition betwenn intelligence departments
  • Open water: competition among dispatching units
  • Safe route: competition among engineering units
  • Safe environment: radiation, chemical and biological defense forces' competition[6]

2018 Participants[edit]

Previous Participants[edit]

Photos of the Games[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ CNN, Rebecca Wright, Oren Liebermann, Darya Tarasova and Mary Ilyushina,. "Russia's International Army Games showcase military might".
  2. ^ "The Russian military is building a mini-Reichstag at its amusement park so that kids have 'a real building to storm". 22 February 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Russia holds its first International Army Games". Washington Post.
  4. ^ "Министры обороны стран-участниц АРМИ-2016 приехали на игры в Россию". 30 July 2016.
  5. ^ "What are Russia's International Army Games?". 28 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Армейские игры-2019". Retrieved 2019-06-22.
  7. ^ Appeared in 2017 games
  8. ^ Appeared in 2017 games