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INT’L – MILITARY – Russia’s Terminator Weapon Is Unquestionably Terrifying, Possibly Unnecessary

The Russian Army has received its first batch of BMP-T tank support vehicles, more than 30 years after they were first conceived. The BMP-T, also known as the “Terminator,” is designed to accompany tanks on the battlefield, zeroing in on and terminating enemy anti-tank teams. Russia’s Ground Forces have received eight of the armored vehicles for testing in military exercises, according to Defense News. The vehicles are operating with the 90th Tank Division in Chelyabinsk. The BMP-T takes the chassis of a T-90 main battle tank and replaces the turret with … a lot of weapons. The BMP-T is armed with two 2A42 30-millimeter autocannons, two AGD-17 automatic grenade launchers, four 9M120-1 Ataka anti-tank missiles, and in some cases, a remote-controlled 7.62-millimeter machine gun. The crew of five (four weapon operators and a driver) are protected by the heavy tank chassis armor and Relikt reactive armor tiles designed to neutralize shaped charge warheads. The BMP-T was designed in the late 1980s and dusted off again after Russia’s disastrous war in Chechnya from 1994 to ’95. Russian tank and armored vehicle forces took heavy losses fighting against Chechen guerrillas. On New Year’s Eve 1994, an advance by Russian forces into the city of Grozny ended in a massacre. The 131st “Maikop” Brigade alone lost 800 men, 20 out of 26 tanks, and 102 out of 120 other armored vehicles in just two days of combat.   [full article]

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