Russian Company Uralvagonzavod unveils new Terminator-2 BMPT-72 tank support fighting vehicle 270913

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Friday, September 27, 2013 09:29 AM
 
Russian Company Uralvagonzavod unveils new Terminator-2 BMPT-72 tank support fighting vehicle.
Russia’s Uralvagonzavod defense manufacturer on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, unveiled the BMPT-72 tank support fighting vehicle, dubbed the “Terminator-2,” at the Russia Arms Expo RAE 2013 in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. The BMPT-72 is an extensive modernization of the world-famous T-72 main battle tank, also produced by Uralvagonzavod. Compared with its predecessor – the BMPT – the BMPT-72 has an improved fire control system and better turret weapon station protection.
     
Russia’s Uralvagonzavod defense manufacturer on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, unveiled the BMPT-72 tank support fighting vehicle, dubbed the “Terminator-2,” at the Russia Arms Expo RAE 2013 in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. The BMPT-72 is an extensive modernization of the world-famous T-72 main battle tank, also produced by Uralvagonzavod. Compared with its predecessor – the BMPT – the BMPT-72 has an improved fire control system and better turret weapon station protection.
Uralvagonzavof BMPT tank support fighting vehicle at RAE 2013 Russian Arms Expo, defense exhibition in Nizhny Tagil, Russia.

     

“The key advantage that the BMPT-72 gives to all the counties that operate T-72 tanks is that they can promptly and at minimal cost upgrade their armies to an ultra-modern level, and enhance capacity, mobility, protection and armament without purchasing new high-cost machines,” Uralvgonzavod said in press release prior to the Nizhny Tagil show.

The BMPT-72 is armed with two 30-mm cannons, two 30-mm grenade launchers, four launchers for 130-mm Ataka-T anti-tank guided missiles, a 7.62-mm machine gun, and two 81-mm smoke grenade launchers.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Wednesday that the idea to build new heavily armed tank support vehicles emerged on the basis of experience acquired by the Russian military during the First Chechen War in North Caucasus, especially during the urban fighting in Grozny in 1995 when Russian troops lost a large number of combat vehicles to “guerrilla warfare” tactics used by Chechen separatists.

Rogozin, who oversees the Russian defense and space industries, said future versions of the
BMPT would most likely be based on the platform of Russia’s highly anticipated new main battle tank: the Armata.

 

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