Terminator on the battlefield: Unveiling the specifications and operations of Russia’s BMPT armoured fighting vehicle

Uralvagonzavod’s powerful armoured vehicle, the BMPT Terminator, provides vital support in urban warfare. It is mounted on a T-72 tank chassis and is armed with two autocannons, grenade launchers, and anti-tank missiles. It has a 1,000 horsepower engine and composite armour, weighing 48 tonnes.

The BMPT, or “Terminator,” is an armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) built by the Russian manufacturer Uralvagonzavod. Specifically developed to give support to tanks and other AFVs in urban situations, the Terminator is accurately named for its powerful capabilities. This AFV is the result of lessons acquired from the First Chechen War and the Soviet-Afghan War, and it is built on the chassis of the extensively used T-72 main battle tank.

The Terminator is well-equipped with powerful weapons and armour to survive in the harsh environment of urban warfare. Two 30 mm 2A42 autocannons, two AG-17D grenade launchers, four 9M120 Ataka missile launchers, and a coaxial 7.62 mm PKTM machine gun are among its armaments. The BMPT’s vast weaponry enables it to engage targets in close quarters with effectiveness, which makes it an invaluable tool for armoured unit support during urban combat operations.

 

Specifications:

With 7.2 metres in length, 3.37 metres in width, and 1.94 metres in height, the vehicle has a mass of 48 tonnes (53 short tonnes; 47 long tonnes). The five-person crew is protected to the best of their abilities by a system of steel, reactive armour, and composite armour. Four 130 mm Ataka-T GWS launchers and two 30 mm 2A42 autocannons with 850 rounds each make up the primary armament. A 7.62 mm PKTM machine gun with 2,000 rounds and two 30 mm AG-17D or AGS-30 grenade launchers with 600 rounds each make up the secondary armament.

With a power-to-weight ratio of 20.4 horsepower/tonne (15.0 kW/tonne), the powerful V-92S2 diesel engine powers this impressive vehicle with 1,000 horsepower (736 kW). With a ground clearance of 406 mm (16.0 in), the vehicle’s suspension, which is built on a torsion bar system, offers stability over a variety of terrains. It can go at least 550 kilometres (340 miles) on a single charge because of its 1,200 litres (320 US gallons) of fuel. With a top speed of at least 60 km/h (37 mph), the vehicle’s amazing capabilities make it a dangerous weapon in combat.

 

Operations:

According to RIA Novosti, the BMPT Terminator is a powerful armoured vehicle that was initially sent to Ukraine on May 18, 2022, during the Russo-Ukrainian War. Equipped with AGS-17 grenade launchers, these BMPTs took a role in several operations, especially during the fight of Sieverodonetsk and an advance on Lysychansk. In late May 2022, footage surfaced, displaying two BMPTs in action with Russian tanks during the Lysychansk operation. Perched atop a hill, the armoured unit shelled a highway until being forced to withdraw under fire from Ukrainian artillery.

The BMPTs encountered many difficulties despite their small number—roughly ten in Russian service. Notably, on February 9, 2023, one BMPT was destroyed by a Ukrainian fire in Kreminna, Luhansk. Subsequent footage from July 2023 revealed a Terminator utilising its 30mm autocannon and Ataka anti-tank missiles at night, released by the Russian 3rd Army Corps. The BMPTs, however, were not without their mishaps.

In August 2023, in Spartak, Donetsk Oblast, one of them was damaged or destroyed by Ukrainian kamikaze drones. Another was reportedly destroyed together with the accompanying BREM-1 armoured recovery vehicle in September 2023 when it was targeted by a crowdfunded kamikaze drone. In the Russo-Ukrainian War, an armoured asset with a complex and dynamic fighting terrain experienced obstacles, as evidenced by the destruction of four out of the approximately ten deployed BMPT Terminators as of December 2023.