NIZHNY TAGIL, Russia, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The manufacturer of Russia's main battle tank, Uralvagonzavod, plans to unveil a new tank support fighting vehicle this month.
The BMPT-72, which it calls Terminator 2, a multipurpose tank and infantry support vehicle, will make its debut Sept. 25 at the Russia Arms EXPO 2013 in Nizhny Tagil.
Uralvagonzavod, which produces the T-72 tank, did not release the BMPT-72's specifications but said it features an upgraded fire-control system and added turret weapon station protection.
Like its BMPT predecessor, it is built on the platform of the T-72 tank.
The company said countries that operate T-72 tanks "can promptly and at minimum cost upgrade their armies to ultra-modern level, enhance its capacity, mobility, protection and armament without purchasing new high-cost machines" with the BMPT-72.
Uralvagonzavod's T-72 is Russia's main battle tank and first entered service in 1971. It weighs 45.7 tons and has a range of 290 miles (430 miles with fuel drums).