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March 26, 2023
A Governor in Ukraine has released a statement claiming to have destroyed a prized Russian BMP-T armored vehicle, which is nicknamed the “Terminator,” in Luhansk.
Serhiy Haidai, the governor of the Luhansk region, posted several aerial photos which appeared to show the vehicle being blown up and destroyed on his Telegram channel.
Haidai said that Russian propagandists had bragged about the “Terminator” stating that it could not be destroyed and shared a clip from Russian state TV showcasing the vehicle in the forest close to the Russian-occupied city of Kreminna in Luhansk.
“So many beautiful words about the car being almost impossible to destroy….almost,” Haidai wrote on Telegram.
The “Terminator” was diesnged to offer support to smaller vehicles and infantry units and can engage three different targets at one time by using its four weapons operators.
Its weapons include twin 30 mm guns, four supersonic Ataka anti-tank missiles which have a range of 6.5 kilometers, two AG-17D grenade launchers, and one coaxial 7.62 mm PKTM machine gun.
The vehicle was designed in the late 1980s, and was built Russian company Uralvagonzavod, who are Russian military’s leading tank producer. The Russian army bought 10 of the vehicles in 2017.
Forbes reporter David Axe said in a recent article that losing one of these vehicles would cause Russia to lose face as these vehicles are often touted by the media and are used to act as proof that Russia still has cutting-edge armor in its arsenal.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: LUKE MOCHERMAN
PHOTO CREDIT: WIKIPEDIA