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DRDO Developing Indian Version of BMPT Terminator with NAMICA Mk2

Source : IgMp Bureau

DRDO Developing Indian Version of BMPT Terminator with NAMICA Mk2
Proposed NAMICA Mk2 design

The BMPT “Terminator” is a renowned Russian Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) designed to support tanks and other Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) in urban areas. It was developed based on combat experience from the Soviet–Afghan War and the First Chechen War.

Unlike other BMP versions, the BMPT is heavily armored to survive urban combat scenarios. Built on the chassis of the widely-used T-72 main battle tank, it weighs 48 tons, almost as heavy as a T-90 tank.

The BMPT is integrated with 4 Anti-Tank Guided Missile Systems (ATGMS) with 2 launchers on each side, two 30mm autocannons, two grenade launchers, and one coaxial 7.62mm machine gun. In summary, the BMP Terminator was designed as a tank buster capable of engaging infantry and soft-skinned armored vehicles using its 30mm autocannon while possessing the protection and weight of a main battle tank.

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Russian BMPT-72 Terminator

DRDO’s NAMICA Mark2 Development

Recent images of the NAMICA Mark2 prototype suggest a striking resemblance to the BMP Terminator. Based on the Russian-designed BMP chassis, the NAMICA Mark2 features 2 ATGMS on each side, a 30mm autocannon, and grenade launchers.

However, unlike the BMP Terminator, there doesn’t seem to be an increase in protection for the NAMICA MK2. This indicates that DRDO aims to develop a tank buster capable of engaging infantry and soft-skinned armored vehicles using a 30mm cannon.

This approach aligns with the Indian Army’s needs, as the vehicle can now be utilized in various attack roles. Furthermore, the lack of additional protection makes the NAMICA MK2 lighter and easier to transport, particularly in high-altitude regions.

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Similar System like NAMICA Mk2 in Russian Army, the BMP-2M Berezhok

NAMICA MK2 vs. NAMIS/NAMICA

Comparing the NAMICA MK2 with the NAMICA, also known as the Nag Missile System (NAMIS), significant differences are evident. NAMIS features 6 ready-to-launch ATGMS with 3 launchers on each side, along with an integrated 7.62mm machine gun.

The turret of NAMIS provides 360-degree fire coverage with an elevation capability of 0 to 24 degrees. Equipped with an advanced land navigation system, NAMIS enhances the commander’s situational awareness on the battlefield.

It also features two CoMPASS Electro-Optical sighting systems, one for the gunner and one for the commander, giving it a “hunter-killer” capability.

Induction of NAMICA

While the development of NAMICA MK2 is underway, the induction of these platforms remains a critical aspect. Despite being inducted in small numbers, NAMICA has proven its capabilities.

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NAMICA Mk1 or NAMIS during Republic Day Parade

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) accepted the necessity for acquiring 293 Nag anti-tank missiles and 13 NAMICA vehicles in February 2021. However, the Indian Army requires a larger number of these vehicles.

China has already developed a similar system to NAMICA called the AFT-10, integrated with HJ-10 ATGM, and has inducted it in significant numbers. This poses a challenge for the Indian army when facing these platforms against its armored column.

While DRDO works on developing NAMICA MK2, it is crucial to order the existing version of NAMICA in considerable numbers to counter Chinese and Pakistani tanks effectively.

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