Russia to deploy ‘Terminator’ tank that can fight helicopters and aircraft

Russia has trialled its latest batch of "Terminator" tanks that can take down helicopters and aircraft.

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 armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) and is designed to assist tanks and other AFVs in urban areas.

In 2017, one was spotted at the Hmeymim air base in Syria, for a demonstration for Syrian president Bashar Assad by Russian Chief of General Staff General Valery Gerasimov.

The Terminator's main armaments include four 130 mm Ataka-T missile launchers and two 30 mm 2A42 auto-cannons.

Its secondary armaments are two 30 mm AG-17D grenade launchers and a 7.62 mm 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 has been manufactured under license by other countries.

Now, the country has trialled its latest batch of the deadly killer machines as it ramps up its use of the tanks.

In a post on Facebook on Tuesday, December 1, the Russian Ministry of Defence wrote: "Tankers of the Central Military District are mastering new BMPT "Terminator", which came to them for trial operation.

"They study all the combat capabilities of combat vehicles and test them in action.

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

"'Terminator' is capable of hitting lightly armoured targets, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, together with military air defence to fight helicopters and low-flying low-speed aircraft."

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