Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Get the Daily
Briefing by Email

Subscribe

Why Russia’s ‘Terminator’ Vehicle Might Be the Next Stage in Tank Evolution


David Hambling
Forbes, Jan. 19, 2023

“A Russian source claimed, with interesting detail, that BMPT had good APS [Active Protection System], had inflicted a remarkable number of casualties and were generally well regarded.” 
 
Russia’s new BMPT “Terminator” is a novel type of armored vehicle with multiple weapons and may represent the next stage in armor evolution. BMPTs have reportedly been performing well in Ukraine, especially compared to Russia’s other armor. Perhaps Ukraine needs to consider something similar.

The invasion of Ukraine reignited the debate over whether tanks are obsolete with a vengeance. Ukrainian artillery, infantry with portable anti-tank weapons like Javelin, and small anti-tank drones, took a huge toll on the advancing Russian armor. Ukraine is desperate for Western tanks so it can move to the offensive, and many analysts agree that tanks will be essential. But the future may not belong to traditional, big-gun tanks.
 
RUSSIAN STATE MEDIA

Historically, tank battles involved massed fleets of tanks from two sides fighting each other, with infantry and artillery in secondary supporting roles. This was the case from WWII through Desert Storm. In Ukraine though, direct tank vs. tank combat has been a rarity. Indirect fire against targets out of sight, guided by omnipresent drones and smart software, is the rule. Ukraine now uses its tanks more as indirect artillery fire to knock out Russian opponents at long range.

Tanks are still useful for assault, as seen by this Ukrainian tank charging a Russian trench at point-blank range. This is the rationale for the tank: It has mobile, protected firepower, and can bring weapons forward to engage enemy positions. But the tank gun, a large-caliber, HYPER-velocity weapon optimized to hit heavily-armored vehicles, may not be what is needed. … [To read the full article, click here]

Donate CIJR

Become a CIJR Supporting Member!

Most Recent Articles

Sukkah in the Skies with Diamonds

0
  Gershon Winkler Isranet.org, Oct. 14, 2022 “But my father, he was unconcerned that he and his sukkah could conceivably - at any moment - break loose...

Open Letter to the Students of Concordia re: CUTV

0
Abigail Hirsch AskAbigail Productions, Dec. 6, 2014 My name is Abigail Hirsch. I have been an active volunteer at CUTV (Concordia University Television) prior to its...

« Nous voulons faire de l’Ukraine un Israël européen »

0
12 juillet 2022 971 vues 3 https://www.jforum.fr/nous-voulons-faire-de-lukraine-un-israel-europeen.html La reconstruction de l’Ukraine doit également porter sur la numérisation des institutions étatiques. C’est ce qu’a déclaré le ministre...

Israël-Hezbollah – La réponse est brillante mais insuffisante

0
5 juillet 2022, Jforum.fr Interception de drones du Hezbollah : « Les dilemmes posés aux décideurs » Samedi, nos forces, qui comprenaient des navires lance-missiles et un avion...

Subscribe Now!

Subscribe now to receive the
free Daily Briefing by email

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

  • Subscribe to the Daily Briefing

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.