Russia has tried out its latest batch of “Terminator” tanks that can bring down helicopters and planes.
The BMPT-72 tanks were originally unveiled in 2013 at the Russian Arms Expo and first saw action in Syria in 2017.
Manufactured by the Russian company Uralvagonzavod, the BMPT is a post-Cold War armored fighting vehicle (AFV) designed to aid tanks and other armored vehicles in urban areas.
In 2017, one was spotted at Hmeymim Air Force Base in Syria, before a demonstration in front of Syrian President Bashar Assad by the Russian Chief of General Staff, General Valery Gerasimov.
The Terminator’s main armament includes four 130mm Ataka-T rocket launchers and two 30mm 2A42 automatic guns.
Its secondary armament consists of two 30mm AG-17D grenade launchers and a 7.62mm PKTM machine gun.
The AFV is based on the chassis of the T-72 main battle tank, which is used in large numbers for the Russian army and manufactured under license by other countries.
Now the country has trialled its latest batch of deadly killer machines as it ramps up the use of the tanks.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, December 1, Russia’s Defense Ministry wrote, “Tankers from the Central Military District are controlling the new BMPT” Terminator “, which came to them for a pilot operation.
“They study all combat capabilities of combat vehicles and test them in action.
“The tank support vehicle ‘Terminator’ is multi-functional and highly protected, with powerful weapons, modern fire control equipment and high maneuverability.
“‘Terminator’ can hit lightly armored targets, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, along with military air defenses to combat helicopters and low-flying low-speed aircraft.”