The first stage of the experiment for using the BMPT “Terminator” tank support combat vehicle came to an end on the training ground of the Russian Central Military District’s Guards armored division in the Chelyabinsk Region, Urals. As the next stage of the experiment to evaluate its operation, the “Terminator” will be employed in combat formations of armored units with firings in a various tactical environment. A batch of eight “Terminator”‘ tank support combat vehicles was delivered to the Urals armored division in December last year for its operational evaluation and for the personnel to learn to operate it.
The first production model of the Terminator vehicle was introduced in 2002. The Object 199 “Ramka” was the prototype later to be known as the modern BMPT with the official producer being Uralvagonzavod. As of late 2013, the only operator of the BMPT was Kazakhstan. A small number were delivered to the Russian Ground Forces for evaluation beginning in 2005. The Terminator appeared in the 2018 “Victory Day” parade on Moscow’s Red Square, and first saw combat in Syria in 2017. That year, at the Hmeymim air base in Syria, Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov demonstrated the fire support combat vehicle to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The BMPT “Terminator” (Tank Support Fighting Vehicle) is an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), designed and manufactured by the Russian company Uralvagonzavod. This vehicle was designed for supporting tanks and other infantry fighting vehicles in urban areas. The tank support vehicle design is based on the T-90 tank chassis. It is heavily armed and armored to survive in urban combat. This IFV is armed with Ataka-T Guided Weapon System armed with four 9M120 Ataka missile launchers, two 30 mm 2A42 autocannons, two AG-17D grenade launchers with 600 grenades, and one coaxial 7.62 mm PKTM machine gun. The Terminator has four Ataka ATGM launchers as a set of primary armaments to defeat enemy tanks and infantry.
When used in urban terrain, each main battle tank is deployed with two BMPTs. Outside of urban warfare that ratio is reversed with one BMPT protecting two main battle tanks. This results from the complexity of fighting in urban terrain and the need for a versatile anti-personnel platform that can engage multiple targets at once and on different height levels. The BMPT’s armor protection is equal to that of an MBT and its powerful armaments allow it to engage virtually every enemy formation while operating in a common battle formation. Due to the multiple weapons systems found on the BMPT, this vehicle is able to fire at multiple targets simultaneously.