The BMPT-72, an advanced Russian tank support combat vehicle, is due to be equipped with new guns and combat modules, according to Alexander Potapov, director general of Russia's Uralvagonzavod research and production corporation.
Russia’s Komemrsant daily quoted Alexander Potapov, Director General of Uralvagonzavod (UVZ), a Russian research and production corporation, as saying that his company had begun modernizing an advanced tank support combat vehicle called the BMPT-72. The new war machine has been nicknamed “Terminator 2”.
Currently, there are two versions of the vehicle based on the T-72 battle tank chassis - the “Terminator 1” and the “Terminator 2”. They’re both earmarked for export and haven’t been purchased by the Russian Defense Ministry.
“We are not standing still,” Potapov said, adding that his company is developing new calibers of guns and modernizes combat units, including those related to the BMPT.
Commenting on the absence of orders from the Russian Defense Ministry to buy the Terminator-2, Potapov did not rule out that the Ministry may begin such purchases in the foreseeable future.
“The Russian military, as far as I know, has changed its attitude towards this vehicle. Therefore, I think that their reaction will be positive. In addition, the BMPT is capable of conducting military operations in limited spaces is quite suitable for it,” he said.
The BMPT-72 is fitted with a state-of-the-art guided weapons system and is capable of destroying enemy infantry vehicles, tanks and other armored objects, as well as helicopters.
The BMPT-72 is armed with two 30-mm 2A42 automatic cannons that can be loaded with 850 rounds of ammunition, four laser-guided Ataka-T anti-tank missile systems and one coaxial machine gun with a remote reloading mechanism.
The BMPT also carries four launchers for 9M120-1 (or 9M120-1F/4) guided anti-tank missiles, which are capable of hitting their target at a distance of up to six kilometers. Moreover, there are two AG-17D automatic grenade launchers.
The vehicle, which has a crew of three, can survive in different climates and zones, including urban areas, and in any light conditions. The Terminator 2 is equipped with night vision, a laser range finder, as well as an integrated laser controlled missile guidance system. It can detect targets within a 5km range, day or night.
Late last month, there were media reports that the BMPT-72 had been spotted at the Hmeymim airbase in Syria. It was demonstrated for Syrian President Bashar Assad by Russian Chief of General Staff General Valery Gerasimov during Assad’s visit to the military site
The pictures released after Assad’s visit to Hmeymim show the latest version of the BMPT-72 in desert camouflage, partly covered with a camouflage net. Apparently, the machine is part of the Russian forces involved in protecting the base, alongside T-90 tanks