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Analysis Discover combat capabilities of Russian BMPT Terminator used to fight Ukrainian soldiers.

Posted On Saturday, 04 June 2022 20:09

The Russian army has deployed in Ukraine its BMPT Terminator tank fire support vehicle to fight Ukrainian soldiers. (Picture source Telegram)


According to a video published on the Russian Social Network "VK" on June 3, 2022, the Russian armed forces deployed the BMPT Terminator tank fire support tracked armored vehicles to conduct combat operations in Ukraine. In this article, discover the combat capabilities of the Russian BMPT Terminator explained by the Army Recognition editorial team.

The BMPT also nicknamed Terminator is a tank fire support tracked armored especially designed to support tank units but also to conduct combat operations in urban areas.

The BMPT deployed in Ukraine is the BMPT Model 2017 which was unveiled in 2017 during the Victory Day Military Parade that was held on the Red Square. The design of this new vehicle was based on combat experience gained during the Soviet-Afghan War and the First Chechen War. The first version of the BMPT was unveiled in 2009 during the Russian Expo Arms exhibition in Nizhny Tagil, Russia.


The BMPT Model 2017 is the version deployed by Russian troops in Ukraine. The BMPT offers the mobility of the Main Battle Tank (MBT) and the firepower of an IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle). In fact, the BMPT is based on the T-72 MBT tracked chassis. It has a crew of three including a driver, commander, and gunner.


The BMPT Terminator has a very powerful weapon station including two 30 mm 2A42 cannons and one 7.62 mm PKTM machine gun mounted above the cannons. Fitted on either side of the turret are two missile launchers able to fire Ataka anti-tank guided missiles, these missiles have a maximum range of 5,800 m and can be fitted with various types of warheads including tandem high explosive anti-tank, thermobaric and continuous rod high explosive. The second armament also includes two 30 mm AG-17D automatic grenade launchers mounted on each side at the front of the hull.


The armor of the BMPT has been designed to offer maximum protection for combat operations in urban areas and to withstand attacks of anti-tank weapons such as Rocket-Propelled Grenades or short-range anti-tank guided missiles. The protection of the BMPT is superior to most MBTs, as active and passive protection is used, and additional armor (the vehicle lacks a turret), is distributed to the hull of the vehicle. The vehicle features an advanced protection suite that shields the crew from anti-tank munitions. BMPT has tank-level basic armor. Its front part is not weakened by a firing port intended for a tank gun. The sides of the vehicle are additionally protected by explosive reactive armor. The rear part of the vehicle features bar-slat armor.


The BMPT Terminator is powered by a B92C2 four-stroke multi-fuel diesel with liquid cooling and supercharging, which develops 1,000 hp, and gives the vehicle a power-to-weight ratio of 21.2 hp/tone. The BMP-T uses the same chassis as the main battle tank T-72. It can reach a maximum road speed of 65 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 550 km.




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