MOSCOW – The Russian military received its first batch of Terminator armored vehicles for testing on Monday.
On December 2, Russian state television showed Terminators of the 90th Armored Division in the Chelyabinsk region of the Urals. “The uniqueness of this car is its ability to pursue three targets with all of its weapon systems at the same time,” Colonel Andrey Sigarev, deputy commander of the Armored Division, told Channel One TV.
The Terminator is equipped with the Ataka supersonic anti-tank missile system that can reach targets up to 6 kilometers, two 30mm cannons that can be used against infantry troops and helicopters, two grenade launchers and a Kalashnikov submachine gun. The vehicle can reach a speed of 60 km / h and is operated by a crew of five. Its design is based on the T-90 tank.
According to military experts, a terminator can replace a motorized rifle train with 40 soldiers and six armored vehicles.
The Russian military has received eight Terminator vehicles to be tested during military exercises. First shown to the public during the annual military parade in Red Square in 2018, the vehicles participated in the Russian operation in Syria.
“The Terminator has proven to be a ‘universal soldier’ who can independently fight terrorists armed with small arms, grenade launchers and terrorists [anti-tank guided missiles]Victor Litovkin, a retired military colonel and senior military analyst for the Russian government’s Tass News Agency, told Defense News.
His battlefield experience “dispelled the generals’ doubts about adoption by the Russian army and increased export potential,” said Litovkin.
In 2010, the Department of Defense abandoned plans to fund the development of the Terminator. During this time, the ministry was headed by Anatoliy Serdyukov, who once proposed the purchase of weapons from abroad in order to advance military modernization.
The Terminator was designed by UralVagonZavod, the country’s leading tank manufacturer which, despite its export potential, relies heavily on government support. Rail vehicles are also manufactured, but break-even issues have been encountered. However, according to Russian media reports, the company made a net profit of $ 2.6 million in 2020. It was last on the Defense News’ list of Top 100 Defense Companies in 2018, where it ranked 46th after generating $ 1.865 billion in defense revenues in 2017.