Russia release terrifying footage of ‘Terminator’ tanks capable of attacking aircraft

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Russia’s Defence Ministry said the tank, also called the BMPT-72, is capable of combating “helicopters and low-flying low-speed aircraft”. The Terminator tanks have been released for years, with two models – the Terminator 1 and Terminator 2 – both earmarked for export in August 2017.

However, at that time, neither had been purchased by the Russian Defence Ministry, according to Sputnik news.

The BMPT-72 was originally unveiled in 2013 during the Russian Arms Expo.

Technically, both variants are tank support vehicles and are designed to deal with anti-tank threats, according to DefenceWorld.

On Tuesday, Russia’s Defence Ministry upoloaded footage of the tank in a Facebook post and said, translated from Russian: “Tankers of the Central Military District are mastering the new BMPT ‘Terminator’, which came to them for trial operation.

“They study all the combat capabilities of combat vehicles and test them in action.

“The ‘Terminator’ tank support combat vehicle is multi-purpose and highly protected, with powerful weapons, modern fire control devices and high manoeuvrability.

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“‘Terminator’ is capable of hitting lightly armoured targets, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, together with military air defence to fight helicopters and low-flying low-speed aircraft.”

Russian defence official Lieutenant General Alexander Shevchenko claimed a couple of years ago that Israel and Syria had expressed interest in the vehicle.

It is armed with two 30-millimeter 2A42 autocannons and two 7.62-millimeter machine guns.

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It also has a laser beam-guided missile system with a maximum range of about 6km, or 3.7 miles.

In addition, the tank is reportedly capable for targeting flying vehicles as long as they are flying at low altitudes up to 2,000 m at below the speed of sound, ArmyRecognition reports.

In other news, Maia Sandu, the incoming President of Moldova, has said Russian troops should withdraw from the Trans-Dniester region which sits between Moldova and Ukraine.

It comes after Ms Sandu successfully defeated sitting president Igor Dodon, whom Russia had supported, in last month’s election.

Trans-Dniester, also called Transnistria, has declared itself to be an independent state since breaking away from Moldova following a war in 1992.

However, its statehood is not widely recognised, according to the BBC, and the small country is supported militarily by Russia.

Ms Sandu has now called on Russia to remove its Operational Group of Russian Forces in Trans-Dniester (OGRF) from the region.

It is thought Russia has around 1,500 troops stationed there.

The incoming president told reporters in Moldova’s capital Chisinau: “This is not just a declaration – this is a necessity.”

She said she would “work with Russia for as long as it takes to solve the issue of the arms removal and troop withdrawal”.

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