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BMPT

Tank support combat vehicle

BMPT

The BMPT tank support combat vehicle was designed to support tank operations in urban areas



Entered service 2011
Crew 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 47 t
Hull length 6.9 m
Width 3.8 m
Height 3.4 m
Armament
Main gun 2 x 30-mm cannons
ATGW 4 x Ataka-T launchers
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Grenade launchers 2 x 30-mm
Elevation range ?
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 900 rounds
ATGW 4 missiles
Machine guns 2 000 rounds
Grenade launchers 600 rounds
Mobility
Engine V-92S2 diesel
Engine power 1 000 hp
Maximum road speed 65 km/h
Range 550 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.85 m
Trench 2.8 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The BMPT, sometimes nicknamed the Terminator, is a new Russian armored vehicle, designed to support tank operations, primarily in urban areas. It's main objective is to engage enemy infantry. The BMPT combat vehicles can change tactics of combat actions and significantly increase efficiency of tank units. It is a versatile anti-personnel vehicle that can engage multiple targets. The BMPT is expected to enter service with the Russian Army during the next couple of years. Three units of this tank support combat vehicle were delivered to Kazakhstan, which is currently the only operator of the BMPT.

   The vehicle is protected by passive and reactive armor. Interior is fitted with Kevlar lining which protects against spalling. It is also fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems. The BMPT has equal protection to main battle tanks.

   The BMPT has a new turret with externally mounted armament. It is fitted with two 30-mm cannons, two remotely controlled AGS-17D or AGS-30 30-mm automatic grenade launchers, four Ataka-T anti-tank missile launchers and one coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. The 30-mm cannons have a dual-fed system and can fire a wide range of ammunition, including HE-T, APDS, HE-FRAG and AP-T rounds. The Ataka-T missiles can be fitted with tandem HEAT, HE-FRAG or thermobaric warheads. The Ataka-T has a maximum range of 5 km. Vehicle can engage three targets at the same time, as each weapon is aimed separately.

   Computerized fire control system of the BMPT uses proven components of the T-90 main battle tank. It enables to engage targets under day or night conditions.

   This tank support vehicle has a crew of five, including commander, driver and three gunners.

   The BMPT uses chassis of the T-90 main battle tank. Vehicle is fitted with a new V-92S2 multi-fuel diesel engine, developing 1 000 horsepower. In the future the BMPT might be fitted with the V-99 diesel, developing 1 200 horsepower. It is also fitted with auxiliary power unit, which powers all systems, when the main engine is turned off. Vehicle has a built-in self-entrenching blade and can be equipped with a mine plow.

   In 2013 a BMPT-72 Terminator-2 was revealed. It is a conversion of the T-72 main battle tank into tank support vehicle. All T-72 tanks can be converted in the BMPTs. The idea is to replace the turret and convert an ageing tank into a capable fire support vehicle. The BMPT turret can be also integrated on the hull of the T-55 and other older Soviet tanks.

 

Video of the BMPT tank support combat vehicle

 

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