Russia is repurposing the chassis of T-72 battle tanks with a-whole-lotta firepower. The new BMPT “Terminator” is designed to support tanks and infantry in an urban combat environment, and it is classified as an armored fighting vehicle (AFV). The Terminator carries Ataka-T Guided Weapons Systems, armed with four 9M120 Ataka missile launchers, two 30mm 2A42 autocannons, two AG-17D grenade launchers, and one coaxial 7.62mm PKTM machine gun. The Terminator can engage targets in the air and on the ground, as well as enemy troops. Alexander Bratersky of Defense News writes (abridged):
The Russian military on Monday received its first batch of Terminator tank support vehicles for testing. […]
According to military experts, one Terminator can replace a motorized rifle platoon of 40 soldiers and six armored vehicles.
Russia’s military has received eight Terminator vehicles, which will be tested during military exercises. The vehicles, first shown to the public during the annual military parade in Red Square in 2018, took part in the Russian operation in Syria.
Russian Ministry of Defense released its own footage below.
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