Russia released a video of a field maintenance facility where many combat vehicles are repaired in Ukraine, including the BMPT “Terminator” armored vehicle.
The Russian military TV channel Zvezda today published a video inside a technical facility operated by soldiers of the Central Military District on the front lines in Ukraine, specializing in the maintenance and repair of wheeled and tracked combat vehicles. .
“A combat vehicle BMPT ‘Terminator’ is undergoing routine maintenance at the field workshop. It has proven its level of power and reliability on the battlefield,” Zvezda’s reporter said in the video.
The Russian military set up many field maintenance facilities in Ukraine to repair tanks and armor damaged during combat.
The Tank Support Combat Vehicle (BMPT), also known as the “Terminator”, was developed from the experience of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan and the Russian army in Chechnya from 1994 to 1996.
During the war in Afghanistan, infantry fighting vehicles such as the BMP-1 and BMP-2 could not fully deal with enemy infantry. In Chechnya, Russian armored forces without support vehicles suffered heavy losses. Rebels have continuously attacked with armor-piercing bullets aimed at the roofs of vehicles from high-rise buildings, causing dozens of modern T-80 main tanks to be destroyed.
BMPT uses the body frame of the main tank T-72, equipped with a turret with two 30mm 2A42 cannons, four 9M120-1 Ataka missile launchers. There are also two AGS-17 grenade launchers and a 7.62 mm PKTM gun.
The Russian military signed a contract to buy the first BMPT vehicle at the Army-2017 exhibition, but it is not clear how many units this force has staffed. Some sources say that the Russian military has received 10 BMPTs.
Video appeared on social media in May showing that Russia has deployed at least four of them to the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine. The unnamed source said that experience gained from actual combat in Ukraine shows that Russian tank units need vehicles such as BMPT combat vehicles to increase stability in combat.