DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:50 PM) -The Russian Terminator-2 BMPT vehicle which hasn’t entered service in any armed forces in the world was spotted in the eastern countryside of Hama alongside the elite Desert Hawks who are wrapping up their preparations for an offensive aimed at expelling ISIS from the central province.

The vehicle was first seen in Hmeimim Airbase during President Assad’s visit the previous week. According to reports, the Terminator-2 war machine will participate in the fierce battles of Hama’s rugged mountainous terrain and will be operated by Russian service members until Syrian Army units receive adequate training on the weapon system.

The SAA offensive in eastern Hama will be focused on securing the oil pipelines and capturing the ISIL stronghold of Uqayribat. Once captured, ISIS fighters in the area will likely flush out of the province and the adjacent territory north of Palmyra to avoid full encirclement.

Filled with mines, ambushes, fortified encampments, and unmaneuverable geography, the battle for east Hama is far from easy and the terror group is almost certainly unwilling to bulge given the strategic weight of region. Should the Syrian Armed Forces rid the area of ISIL presence, the path to Deir Ezzor and the rest of eastern Syria will be much less dangerous and more militarily feasible as ISIS’s mobility in the desert and its ability to conduct its infamous well-planned desert raids will be permanently paralyzed.

Eastern Hama is the gateway to the oil-rich Euphrates basin.

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Deo Cass

Again, Russia and Syria enjoy air superiority over those areas. Why not use paratroopers? They are deployed rapidly anywhere; in front, behind or around enemy lines. Syria has very good paratroopers. So why not deploy them, that is the question?

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Ibrahim Ibn Yahya

ah Deo Cass, i seen your earlier post and at first i would agree completely, but than again remember whose funding and who exactly these people are. With the military capabilities of America and israel and all the rest of the legion of doom these mercs have at their disposal, i would tred carefully as well before sending in paratroopers. this super future looking tanks should be sufficient enough i hope.

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BMPT are to protect Your own vehicles, replace infantry and dislodge enemy infantry.

Paratroopers serve as You say Yourself another purpose. And they need heavy arms also when they try to cut off enemy forces that have heavy equipment.

p.s. Remember the bridge of Arnheim. Paratroopers with no support against troops with tanks.

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It was also interesting to learn that Russian crews , presumably with Russian supporting units as well ( technical and supply) will be operating these machines.

This is essentially another counter to direct US air attacks on the SAA, as using the same logic as the US to use force to protect their assets, so will Russia.

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Floriangeyer

As well as these Russian concept weapons it would be interesting to see a FOAB
( Father of all bombs) used for the first time if a suitable target presents itself.

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Daeshbags Sux

As we are, why not a fully loaded Tsar Bomba?

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Yes, but why present info to a potential opponent?
Test on an old bunker at home.

p.s. What for? A FOAB is expensive. Do Syrian US mercenaries have a mountain castle or other impregnable fortification that warrant this? It will IMHO only be used when vital.

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Note that I was joking by exaggerating on purpose : a fully filled Tsar-Bomb = 100Mt yield nuke. The test was only loaded with enough fissile for 50Mt and it was the biggest nuclear explosion ever! All radio communications were blocked for about an hour due to the EMP effect, LOL!
It’s just that FOAB seems so ridiculous due to the strategic configuration. Well, who knows, maybe jihadists have dug some Tora-Bora as presented in US-medias in 2001, in a 007 bad-guy’s underground hi-tech base, ROFL

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I am more surprised that the SyrianAA did not change older T 55 or better T 72 along the concept. The Islamic mercenary insurgents operate along the same lines as in the 1. Chechen War. And the experiences of that war gave rise the the BMPT. The Russian supplied MBT are for field battles – with guns to handle enemy MBT. For all but MBT You can use smaller guns with cheaper ammo. And BMPT are dedicated to protect the MBT against heavy armed infantry and are designed to support tanks and other AFVs especially in urban areas. =>”will be… Read more »
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For conversions based to reuse T 55 as carriers and other see:

Israeli Achzarit http://www.military-today.com/apc/achzarit.htm from the 1989ies.
Russian BTR-T http://www.enemyforces.net/apc/btrt.htm
Serbian Munja http://www.army-technology.com/projects/viu-55-munja-combat-engineering-vehicle/
Ukrainian BMP-55 http://www.military-today.com/apc/bmp_55.htm

So IMHO a Syrian home brew could have been possible.
Either totally home made or buying Russian conversion kits.

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Kelly Smyth

The one they have in Hama is the first expensive version,. T-90 hull and 2x additional 30mm grenade launchers need 5 crew members.
All this was deemed way too expensive by the Russian MOD so they knocked up a version on a T-72 hull and deleted the two grenade launchers so it only needed 3 crew.
Will be interesting to see how it goes, hopefully they will have more than just one employed and also both versions to see how they go.
Pics from Hama
https://southfront.org/syrian-army-to-use-russian-made-bmpt-terminator-combat-vehicles-during-advance-on-deir-ezzor-reports/

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T 90 was AFAIR based on T 72 B. The Terminator 2 IMHO are based on T 72 chassis with armor based on or similar T 90 or upgraded T 72. IMHO good short article @ http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/modern/Russia/BMPT-terminator.php
Article also has 2 links to proposals for similar updates based on T 55.