Let’s open this new season of “Unit of the Day” with a vehicle which, although already revealed, is worth being detailed more closely: the Terminator.
Officially designated BMPT (standing for Boyevaya Mashina Podderzhki Tankov), this Russian vehicle isn’t an actual “tank”, but a heavy combat vehicle designed to support and to protect the latter in urban area, especially against the threat of infantry.
Built on the chassis of a T-72 and armed with twin 30mm autocannons, it is a deadly threat to foot soldiers and light vehicles alike. But one of its main feature is its ability to be heavily upgraded with additional equipment and weaponry, depending on its mission.
In Act of Aggression, the BMPT, more commonly known under its nickname Terminator, is the Chimera main warhorse. Although not as sturdy as the US Army’s Abrams tank, nor packing as punch as the Cartel’s Spectre, it relies on its versatility to be able to face any kind of threat.
In its original variant, the Terminator is more an anti-infantry (even entrenched) and anti-vehicles unit than one designed to engage heavy armors. Later, upgraded with an AGS-30 automatic grenade-launcher, it becomes an even deadlier threat to foot soldiers.
Although its twin autocannons can already engage flying targets, the Terminator may also be equipped with Igla anti-aircraft missiles, providing more firepower and more range against those planes and helicopters. In this configuration, it becomes a very potent anti-aircraft vehicle.
In addition to anti-aircraft missiles, Terminator may also be upgraded with Ataka anti-tank missiles, granting it an extra level of firepower and range against armored vehicles. Hence, once fully upgraded, the Terminator will be able to engage any type of target.
But one of the Terminator‘s most interesting feature is to be able, from the beginning, to target, engage and destroy enemy missiles the same way CIWS Gatling do. Thus, Terminator may act as an anti-missile shield, for itself and nearby allies.
We will be back next week with another “Unit of the Day” …