Putin continues to send more and more high-level military equipment to Ukraine: Russia has deployed its “Terminator” tank support vehicles to Ukraine as the Russian military campaign seeks to encircle Ukrainian defenders in the eastern Donbass region.
A Russian military source told Russian news agency RIA that a platoon had been deployed to Ukraine.
It is believed that Russia has about nine of the armored vehicles, which are built on the chassis of the T-72 tank. The Terminator, which bears the official designation BMPT, is heavily armored and armed, designed to defend tanks against ambushes and close range attacks in urban environments.
Justin Crump, a former British Army tank commander, told Sky News that the deployment of the Terminator around Severodonetsk, a town in the Luhansk region of the Donbass, showed the “determination to attack this town” by the Russian armed forces.
Crump said the vehicle was “iconic Russian equipment”.
“It’s nicknamed the Terminator – it’s a tank support vehicle,” he said. “It’s designed to do the job of infantry in support of tanks. It is therefore a tank with a turret designed to suppress enemy infantry.
The Terminators have four anti-tank missile launchers, two 30mm autocannons, two grenade launchers, a machine gun and a top speed of 36mph, The Times of London reported.
Russian armored vehicles are taking a heavy toll in Ukraine. Researchers counted 671 tanks lost and 365 infantry fighting vehicles lost in nearly three months of war. In addition to the proliferation of accurate anti-tank missiles, Russian tank operators made mistakes that exposed them to artillery fire, and Russian commanders deployed them without infantry or air support, decisions so flawed they contribute to a reassessment of the effectiveness of the army. .
Even if properly used, BMPT’s Russian inventory is too low to defend most of its tanks.
Russian state media TASS reported in 2017 that the vehicle was designed following the experience of Russian armed forces in Afghanistan. A senior official from Russian tank manufacturer UVZ told TASS: “The tank support combat vehicle is not worse protected than any other tank. Its multiple weapon systems have far superior firepower and are capable of simultaneously hitting multiple targets from different directions.
Terminators have already been used in Russian combat operations in Syria, RIA reported.
Henry Dyer is a political journalist in the UK. He joined in 2021.