Russia releases video of its terrifying ‘Terminator’ tank that can survive nuclear blast and shoot down planes

RUSSIA has released video of its terrifying "Terminator" tank that can survive nuclear blasts and shoot planes out of the sky.

The Russian Ministry of Defence shared dramatic footage of the war machine to social media yesterday.


The state-of-the-art BMPT-72 tanks – nicknamed "Terminators" – were unveiled in 2013, and were first used in battle in Syria in 2017.

Video shows the latest batch of the tanks being trialled, firing missiles at targets in a display of their power.

They are capable of hitting lightly-armoured enemy vehicles, other tanks and even helicopters and low-flying aircraft, the Russian Ministry of Defence claimed.

The MOD posted on Facebook: "The 'Terminator' tank support combat vehicle is multi-purpose and highly protected, with powerful weapons, modern fire control devices and high manoeuvrability."

The BMPT-72 tanks have four missile launchers, two auto-cannons, two fast-firing grenade launchers and a machine gun.

They are designed to be able to fight even after a blast during a global nuclear war, with protection from radiation.

In 2018, video showing the power of the "Terminators" was released to mark Vladimir Putin's inauguration for a fourth term as Russian President.

At the time, Russia analyst Alex Kokcharov said the move was “typical sabre-rattling” and was designed to demonstrate Moscow's military capabilities to both the Russian people and to potential rivals.

The tank is built on the chassis of the Soviet-era T-72 battle tank which is used by the Russian Army and many other countries – including ally Syria.




Russian ‘Terminator’ tanks

  • First unveiled in 2013
  • Designed to assist tanks and other vehicles in urban areas
  • First saw action in Syria in 2017
  • Made by the Russian company Uralvagonzavod
  • Equipped with four 130 mm Ataka-T missile launchers and two 30 mm 2A42 auto-cannons
  • Secondary armaments are two 30 mm AG-17D grenade launchers and a 7.62 mm PKTM machine gun
  • Tank is based on the chassis of the T-72 main battle tank
  • Capable of hitting lightly armoured targets, other tanks and even helicopters and low-flying aircraft

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