Russia’s military built a Terminator and now it’s getting smart weapons – wikileaks
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World Russia Russian military TerminatorOne of the latest additions to the Russian army was set to receive an advanced upgrade that would allow it to fire controlled air burst munitions designed to inflict maximum damage on targets. The BMPT tank support combat vehicle, semi-officially nicknamed “the Terminator,” has been in the works since the 1980s and has gone through a number of modifications, much like the popular science fiction film franchise of the same name. In April, Russia announced that the latest installment was officially accepted into Russia’s ground forces and the Techmash Scientific and Production Association told state media Thursday that another update was in store.”In the interests of the Russian Army, work is now nearing completion for tank support combat vehicles to create a system with 30mm controlled burst shells,” Techmash told the Tass Russian News Agency. Plans for the BMPT, sometimes officially referred to as “Ramka-99,” were originally drawn up in response to Soviet difficulties during the Afghanistan War that lasted from 1979 to 1989 and increasingly solidified after subsequent conflicts in Chechnya, as Popular Mechanics reported. The idea was to build a military vehicle designed to not only engage other tanks, but light infantry and insurgent formations too. The BMPT-72 or “Terminator-2” debuted at the Russia Arms Expo 2013 with a new chassis based on the T-72 tank, according to Jane’s 360. The latest edition adopted by the Russian Ministry of Defense in April, however, has been modified based on the later T-90, and has been informally dubbed “Terminator-3.” According to a 2012 report by Russian newspaper Izvestia, Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov led the defense committee of Russia’s lower house of parliament to push manufacturer UralVagonZavod (UVZ) to change the Terminator’s name to something more Russian-sounding, but the moniker has stu…..