Uralvagonzavod starts the supply of serial production of BMPT-72 Terminator 2 fire support vehicle


According to information published by the Russian press agency TASS on July 8, 2021, Russian company Uralvagonzavod that is a subsidiary of Russia’s Rostec state hi-tech corporation has started serial supplies of BMPT-72  Terminator-2 tank fire support vehicles, Enterprise CEO Alexander Potapov told TASS at the INNOPROM international exhibition.
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BMPT-72 Terminator 2 fire support vehicle. (Picture source: Rosoboronexport)


“Serial supplies of tank support vehicles have already started. I can say quite clearly that on the whole, the vehicle has already shown its capabilities,” Potapov said. The INNOPROM international industrial exhibition that started on July 5 and will last through July 8 is taking place in Yekaterinburg for the 11th time.

The BMPT-72 nicknamed Terminator 2 is based on the chassis of the Russian-made main battle tank T-72. The vehicle offers new protection and firepower, especially in urban operations. The BMPT-72 is able to fight a full range of modern targets like a main battle tank, armored infantry fighting vehicles and other combat vehicles, dismounted infantry, and guided-missile combat teams.

The BMPT-72 or Terminator 2 is fitted with a new unmanned redesigned fully stabilized electromechanical turret, with a lower profile and better protection. The main armament of the BMPT-72 turret consists of two 30mm automatic guns 2A42 and one PKTM 7.62mm coaxial machine gun which can be used against light armored vehicles and manpower. Two anti-tank guided missile Ataka-T launcher units are mounted to each side of the turret. The missile 9M1201 can be equipped with two types of warheads, hollow-charge and high-explosive concrete-piercing. The BMPT-72 is equipped with a computerized fire control system with a multichannel sighting system and weapon high-accuracy laying systems.

The BMPT-72 or Terminator 2 has a crew of three with the removal of two grenade launching positions, while the first version of BMP-T had a crew of five. The hull and turret are made of steel armor and integrate the latest protection systems with explosive reactive armor (ERA) to the front of the turret, a detachable ERA module on the glacis plate and applique ERA on the sides of the hull and turret.

The BMPT-72 (Terminator 2) can be motorized with two types of engine, the original 850 hp B84MC or the new 1000 hp. B92C2 power plants, both are 12 cylinders V-type multi-fuel, liquid-cooled Diesel engines. The B92C2 is a turbo supercharger that offers higher power and efficiency. The engine is coupled to a hydraulically assisted transmission with 7 forward and 1 reverse gears. The BMPT-72 uses also an auxiliary power unit to extend mission endurance and run all systems on silent watch. The BMPT-72 is able to reach a maximum road speed of 60 km with a maximum cursing range of 500 km.


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