A quick look at the BMPT-7
1. Seize town Urban 01 and Urban 02
2. Capture objective Non Urban
Should take about 30 minutes
I'm curious about the employment of BMPTs, they pack quite a punch with:
- four Ataka ATGM launchers
- two 30 mm 2A42 autocannons, a total of 850 rounds
- A 7.62 mm PKTM machine gun is mounted coaxially with the main armament and holds 2,000 rounds
Three crew, no dismounts
Russia has not adopted them, last I heard; but seems to still be testing them in a few exercises. They have been purchased by other countries, though I do not know how they are deployed. Still, they have a respectable amount of fire-power.
Favoured platton configeration for urban warfare seems to be each main battle tank with two BMPTs. Outside of urban warfare that ratio is reversed with one BMPT protecting two main battle tanks.
My first problem was, what vehicle in SBs could be used to explore the use of BMPTs.
They are now configured as a new turret on a tank hull. A quick search came up with the T-14 and T-15 as a close match. The problem then is that the T-15 only has one 30 mm.
My solution is to use a pair of T-15 (without dismounts) as a substitute for one BMPT and halve the ammunition carried in each T-15. So that two T-15 have the approx fire-power of one BMPT. I then made two types of platoons:
- One for Urban areas (2 pairs of T-15s and 1 T-14)
- One for other areas (2 T-14s and 1 pair of T-15s)
I now think that separate Pls of T-15 and T-14 instead of mixed Pls (as indicated in the article) would be a better solution. And if you are supporting a largish Infantry advance you would want more than one Pl anyway.
Russia is now experimenting with the Pantsir-S vehicles engaging light armored vehicles.