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Algeria Army first public appearance of Russian-made BMPT Terminator tank fire support vehicle.

| 2022

The first public appearance of the Russian-made BMPT Terminator Tank Fire Support tracked armored vehicles during the military parade of the Algerian army for the 60 years of Algeria's independence that was held on July 5, 2022.
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Algerian army BMPT Terminator tracked armored Tank Fire Support Vehicle at the military parade for the 60 years of Algeria's independence, July 5, 2002. (Picture source Screen Shot AL24news TV)

According to the SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) arms trade database, Algeria acquired 120 BMPT Terminator tracked armored Fire Support Vehicles from Russia, that were delivered in 2020.

Following our first analysis of the BMPT Terminator version in service with the Algerian army, the vehicle seems to be the same model in service with the Russian army which is the BMPT Model 2017 which was unveiled in 2017 during the Victory Day Military Parade. This version of the Russian BMPT is now deployed in Ukraine for combat operations.

The BMPT Terminator has been developed to offer the mobility of the Main Battle Tank (MBT) and the firepower of an IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle). In fact, the BMPT is based on the T-72 MBT tracked chassis. It has a crew of three including a driver, commander, and gunner.

The BMPT Model 2017 is based on the T-72 tracked chassis as for the BMPT Terminator 1, but it is fitted with the turret of the BMPT-72 Terminator 2. The turret is armed with two 30 mm 2A42 cannons and one 7.62 mm PKTM machine gun mounted above the cannons. Fitted on either side of the turret are two missile launchers able to fire Ataka anti-tank guided missiles. These missiles have a maximum range of 5,800 m and can be fitted with various types of warheads including tandem high explosive anti-tank, thermobaric and continuous rod high explosive. The second armament also includes two 30 mm AG-17D automatic grenade launchers mounted on each side at the front of the hull.

The armor of the BMPT has been designed to offer maximum protection for combat operations in urban areas and to withstand attacks of anti-tank weapons such as Rocket-Propelled Grenades or short-range anti-tank guided missiles. The protection of the BMPT is superior to most MBTs, as active and passive protection is used, and additional armor (the vehicle lacks a turret), is distributed to the hull of the vehicle. The vehicle features an advanced protection suite that shields the crew from anti-tank munitions.

The BMPT Terminator is powered by a B92C2 four-stroke multi-fuel diesel with liquid cooling and supercharging, which develops 1,000 hp, and gives the vehicle a power-to-weight ratio of 21.2 hp/tone. The BMP-T uses the same chassis as the main battle tank T-72. It can reach a maximum road speed of 65 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 550 km.

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Russian army BMPT Terminator Model 2017 Tank Fire Support Vehicle based on T-72 tracked armored chassis. (Picture source Vitaly Kuzmin)

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