Looks like Russian President Vladimir Putin is pulling out all the stops in his war with Ukraine. It was reported that Russia’s famed “Terminator” tank had been spotted on the frontlines in Donbas, making its combat debut since being ordered last August 2017. Footage circulating on social media showing these Terminator tanks in action was seen with T-72s rolling along Ukraine’s Luhansk Oblast, where the Russians were currently focusing their operations.

“Together with tank platoons, BMPTs [nicknamed Terminator] are involved in the fire destruction of Ukrainian positions, armored vehicles, and crews of anti-tank missile systems,” an unnamed military source told Russian state-run news organization Ria Novosti last Wednesday.

These Terminator tanks, known officially as “Boevaya Mashina Podderzhki Tankov – Tank Support Fighting Vehicle (BMPT),” are primarily made to provide cover and suppressive fire against enemies. It is manufactured by Russian primary tank builder Uralvagonzavod, which notoriously stopped production due to the unavailability of parts and foreign components. It is built using the 6-wheel chassis of the T-72, possibly for economic reasons, while another unofficial version uses the chassis, hulls, and various components of the famed T-14 Armata tank, which hasn’t been seen in Ukraine. It also utilizes the Relikt family explosive reactive armor (ERA) and slat armor to cover its engine exhaust and its rear.

These Terminator tanks are equipped with four 9M120 Ataka missile launchers, two 30mm 2A42 autocannons, two AG-17D grenade launchers, and one coaxial 7.62mm PKTM machine gun. They reportedly can engage multiple targets at once, making them quite the adversary on the battlefield.

They were first seen publicly during the 2013 Russian Arms Expo, then during the 2020 Victory Day Parade, and were recently seen in Syria but were moved to the Ukrainian border sometime in February. In 2017, these tanks were also seen when Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with Russian General Valery Gerasimov.