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BMPT-72 Terminator IFV hits foreign military markets with excellent prospects

The latest generation of Terminator 2 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) alos caller BMPT-72 hit the market with excellent prospects, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told Russia-24 TV channel. "The Terminator has actually exploded the market of military hardware and has excellent prospects as it is unprecedented for any army. No other military-industrial complex has such a vehicle and is unlikely to get it in the near future," he said.

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BMPT Terminator 2 at Army-2017, the International Military Technical Forum which was held near Moscow, Russia, in August 2017.

Rogozin said he was surprised that potential buyers were late to notice the IFV as it was displayed to the world several years ago at a show in Nizhni Tagil. After the Terminator 2 was engaged in street fighting in Syria the Russian designers decided on the necessary improvements on site. Their conclusions depended on the analysis of combat engagement.

"Unfortunately, only a combat situation can display to the customers (all potential capabilities). If we properly organize the dialogue between the military-industrial complex and the armed forces the hardware will acquire perfect characteristics as it will undergo real combat test trials," Rogozin said.

The IFV creation was launched in early 2000s on the basis of the experience acquired by the Russian military in the war in Chechnya. Director General of the Ural Transport Machine-Building Design Bureau Andrei Terlikov told TASS the Terminator IFV is designated to fight tanks and other armored vehicles, repel helicopter and low-flying craft attacks, and can be engaged in city conditions to eliminate groups of terrorists in buildings and other erections.

The Terminator is armed with guided missiles with a range of up to 5 kilometers. Besides, the IFV has guns to destroy light armored targets and the troops of the adversary. The vehicle is armed with two stabilized and remotely-controlled automatic grenade launchers AG-17D. The Terminator fires munitions which are uniform for all Russian-made combat vehicles.

Kazakhstan became the first foreign buyer of the vehicle and received three of them in 2012. The experience of operations made the Kazakh Defense Ministry consider additional purchases of the IFV.

To expand the IFV production the Ural designers plan to develop a part of the T-72 tank pool into the Terminator.

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BMPT Terminator 1 IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehice) at KADEX defense exhibition in Kazakhstan, May 2014.

The BMP-T/BMPT also nicknamed Terminator 1 is a fire support vehicle designed and manufactured by the Russian main battle tanks (MBT) manufacturer Uralvagonzavod, this is the first version in the Terminator IFV family. The vehicle was unveiled in September 2002 during a defense exhibition in Nizhny Tagil, Russia.

The main armament of the BMP-T is composed by a weapon station, which is mounted on the top of the hull which is armed with two 30 mm 2A42 cannon and one 7.62 mm PKTM machine gun mounted above the cannons. Fitted on either side of the turret are two missile launchers for the Ataka anti-tank guided weapon.

The BMP-T is based on the chassis of the well-known T-72 MBT which is used in large numbers by the Russian Army and has been manufactured under license by many countries.

The BMPT-72 Terminator 2 was unveiled during the Russian Arms Expo defense exhibition in Nizhny Tagil (Russia), in September 2013. The BMPT-72 is also based on the chassis of the Russian-made main battle tank T-72. The vehicle offers new protection and fire power especially in urban operations.

The BMPT-72 or Terminator 2 is fitted with a new unmanned redesigned fully stabilized electromechanical turret, with 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. 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.

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