The first batch of eight BMP-T Terminator tank support vehicles entered service with the Russian army, the development of which began 30 years ago. They will replenish the combat fleet of the 90th Panzer Division stationed in Chelyabinsk.
The Terminator is based on the T-90 chassis, the main tank of the Russian army. Its onboard arsenal includes two 30-mm 2A42 automatic cannons, two AGD-17 automatic grenade launchers, and four 9M120-1 "Attack" PTRs. There is also a variant with a 7.62 mm remote-controlled machine gun. The crew consists of four operators and a driver.
The idea of creating the Terminator arose after the notorious "New Year" assault on Grozny in 1994, when the 131st Maikop brigade suffered heavy losses due to the inability of tanks and armored personnel carriers for street battles. In particular, the tanks could not fire on the upper floors, from where the militants shot them with grenade launchers. The main purpose of the BMP-T is to identify and destroy enemy anti-tank crews even before tank units enter the battle.
The armies of the NATO countries and the United States have no analogues of the Terminator, which is primarily due to the established tactics of using tanks during the war in Iraq. So, during the assault on Fallujah in 2004, the marines were in front of the tanks, which cleaned out the city buildings.
The equipment of the ground forces with BMP-T was supposed to begin 10 years ago, but the army command then refused to purchase, not finding them worthy of use on the battlefield. Later, this decision was revised, since the Russian army in a hypothetical war will be opposed by NATO troops equipped with anti-tank weapons, and in this case, the Terminator will certainly come in handy.