BMPT-72 spotted in Syria

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A few days ago a few pictures of new Russian Equipment in Syria, took the internet by storm. Two of them included one of the most interesting equipment on the modern battlefield, BMPT 72.

The BMPT-72 is a new Russian armored vehicle. It is nicknamed the Terminator 2. A private venture that was looking for prospective export customers seeing the majority of T 72 in the world are nearing a state of being obsolete, the package offers quite the deal. Converting it into a support vehicle seems reasonable and a far more better than dumping them somewhere.

The new BMPT-72 fire support armoured fighting vehicle, also known as Terminator 2, was unveiled at Russian air base at Hmeymim in western Syria, during the visit of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Original turret of the T-72 has been replaced. The new unmanned turret of the BMPT-72 with has lower profile. This vehicle packs a formidable punch. All armament is mounted externally. It is armed with two 30-mm cannons. Theses cannons are dual-fed and fire a wide range of ammunition including high-explosive fragmentation (HE-FRAG) rounds, anti-personnel ammunition (APERS-T), high-explosive tracer (HE-T) rounds, high-explosive fragmentation incendiary (HEF-I) rounds, armor-piercing tracer (AP-T) rounds, or armor-piercing discarding sabot (APDS) rounds and kinetic energy (KE) rounds. Also there is a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun.

4 Ataka T ATGM are fielded, two on each side, giving the vehicle more operational capabilities.The Ataka-T missiles can be fitted with tandem HEAT, HE-FRAG or thermobaric warheads. These missiles have a maximum range of 5 km. Launchers are shielded from small arms fire and artillery shell splinters.

The BMPT-72 has a new fire control system with day/night capability. It is superior to that, used on the original BMPT. Vehicle has a commander’s panoramic sight.

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