War in Ukraine: The ‘terminator’ tank, Russia’s secret weapon

In the war against Ukraine, Russia is relying on an armoured vehicle that is nicknamed after a famous post-apocalyptic film.

‘Terminator.’ An armoured vehicle named after the hit movie is sure to send shivers down your spine and that is exactly why the Russian armed forces decided to name their tank after this killer robot. The weapon is intended for ‘high intensity’ combat.

BMPT-72

This deadly tank has already been used before during the war in Syria and it is not exactly a rare weapon. It was designed during the Chechen war and is now being deployed in Ukraine as Russia is relentlessly trying to gain control of its neighbour.

This infantry fighting vehicle is mainly used to escort and protect other essential armoured vehicles. To accomplish this task, it relies on state-of-the-art offensive equipment which includes: a two-seat turret equipped with 30 mm Shipunov 2A42, two grenade launchers, supersonic anti-tank missiles and a coaxial machine gun.

Indeed, ‘Terminator’ is not controlled by Skynet and does not have a humanoid form but its destructive capabilities is the reason behind its unusual nickname.

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Russia loses a lot of tanks

Since Russia launched its attack against Ukraine, the images of its tanks heading into their cities have not left many of our minds. However, it is important to note that despite its massive size, the Russian armed forces have been suffering considerable losses.

According to Forbes, on 24 March, the Ukrainian army had more tanks at the beginning of the conflict. Apparently, they managed to get a hold of enemy tanks by capturing them or recovering them after they were deserted or though sabotage.

This article was translated by Gentside FR.

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