Eurosatory 2014

Beware of the Terminator (ES14E4)

18 June 2014
UralVagonZavod's latest BMPT-72 Terminator 2 Direct Fire Support Combat Vehicle

The Russian UralVagonZavod company unveiled its latest BMPT-72 Terminator 2 Direct Fire Support Combat Vehicle during the major Russian Arms Exhibition (RAE) held in Nizhny Tagil in September last year.

Following its unveiling to a selected audience, the vehicle started its trials and it is understood that at least one customer has already stated a firm interest in procuring this vehicle.

The Terminator 2 uses a surplus T-72 tank hull that has been modified for its new role.

This includes removing the turret armed with a 125mm gun and 7.62mm and 12.7mm machine guns (MGs) and replacing this with a brand new two-person turret. Terminator 2 is armed with externally mounted twin 30mm cannon and a 7.62mm co-axial MG. Mounted on either side of the turret is a pod of two laser-guided anti-tank guided weapons (ATGWs) that have a maximum range of 6,000m.

A very advanced computerised fire control system is fitted, with includes a panoramic day/thermal sighting system for the commander and a laser rangefinder. The gunner has a day/thermal sighting system that has similar capabilities plus a laser guidance channel for the missiles.

As it will operate in the direct fire zone, it is fitted with an advanced armour package that includes laminated armour as well as explosive reactive armour for a higher level of protection against ATGWs. Bar/slat armour is fitted over the rear arc.

While Russia could provide surplus T-72 MBTs upgraded to the BMPT-72 Terminator 2 standard, they could also provide kits to enable surplus vehicles to be upgraded in the end users’ own facilities.

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