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Russia uses Terminators on the battlefield for the first time during war: What is known about these fighting vehicles

The enemy used the BMPT Terminator in Donbas. Photo: Wikipedia

The enemy used the BMPT Terminator in Donbas. Photo: Wikipedia

For the first time since the beginning of a full-scale invasion, the enemy army used a platoon of tank support fighting vehicles (BMPT) "Terminator" in the battles in Donbas. A video confirmation of redeploying 4 pieces of this equipment to the city of Severodonetsk was posted online.

The Russian propaganda outlet RIA Novosti reports that the Terminator fighting vehicles, together with tank platoons, "participate in the shelling of Ukrainian positions, armored vehicles, and crews of armored missile systems."

What is known about the BMPT Terminator

The Terminator is a multi-purpose tank fire support armored tracked fighting vehicle. It is intended to suppress enemy manpower with grenade launchers, anti-tank systems, and small arms.

It was designed on the basis of the T-90A tank, but has a higher level of protection. The characteristics indicate that the BMTP has maximum protection against grenade launchers in close combat and has an electromagnetic protection system for neutralizing anti-tank mines or ground bombs with radio and magnetometric fuses.

It has:

  • two 30-mm guns 2A42 (ammunition for 300 rounds);
  • four laser guided missile launchers;
  • two AG-17D automatic grenade launchers;
  • 7.62 mm modernized Kalashnikov tank machine gun.

Crew — 5 persons.

Cost per piece — about $2.3 million.


The BMPT entered service with the Russian army in 2018. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, in 2020, the 90th Tank Division of the Central Military District of the Russian Federation got a batch of eight Terminator BMTPs.

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