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BTR Bumerang [Boomerang] APC

The new Boomerang armoured personnel carrier (VPK-7829) is set to replace the BTR-82/A, a heavily modernized variant of the 1980s-designed BTR-80, which features improved armor, a new engine, night vision and advanced communications systems.

At the beginning of 2016, Alexander Krasovitsky, general director of the Military-Industrial Company (Voyenno-Promyshlennaya Kompaniya), which developed the new APCs, announced the start of testing of the Boomerang. Mass production of the Boomerang vehicles is scheduled to begin in 2017, and large-scale deliveries to the armed forces in 2019. Krasovitsky said that, as is the case with the Armata and the Kurganets, the manufacturing enterprises are actively looking for foreign buyers and partners for the refinement of their products. He noted that his company is ready to supply the Boomerang for export as soon as it receives permission from the government.

Designers and military spokesmen have been tightlipped regarding the machine, although it is claimed that the new design will be "nothing like any of the modern APCs." The 8x8, front-engine design features ceramic armor technology, including anti-tank grenade and anti-mine protection, has a crew of three, and can be fitted with a 30 mm anti-materiel or armor-piercing cannon, a 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun.

In addition to its role as a troop carrier, the multi-role vehicle will be capable of serving as an anti-tank missile carrier, an air defense missile launcher, an armored ambulance, a command post vehicle, a fire-support vehicle and a mortar carrier. Speaking to Russian military news hub Zvezda, military expert Ilya Kramnik explained that "the protection levels of the Boomerang APC will be much higher [than its predecessors]. This is ensured by the special shape of the vehicle's bottom and the internal layout, in particular, the suspension of crew seating toward the vehicle's ceiling."

The modern Russian army needs a new wheeled platform for APCs and machines, which is estimated at about 10,000 units. The production of this number of vehicles over the course of 12-15 years will cost approximately the abovementioned sum. It cannot be said for sure that the Russian military leadership is ready to replace Russian-made APCs with imported ones.

Domestic development still continued. The promising Russian armored combat vehicle Boomerang, which was supposed to be the first in a new line of hardware, was expected in 2016. The Russian Army will take delivery of the first Boomerang armored personnel carriers in 2013, Ground Forces chief Col Gen Alexander Postnikov said on 21 February 2013. Large-scale deliveries will start in 2015, eventually replacing the BTR-82A and BTR-80 APCs currently in service, he added. Postnikov did not provide any details about the new model but, according to some media reports, it will be an amphibious vehicle. Dmitry Galkin, general director of the Voyenno-Promyshlennaya Kompaniya [Military-Industrial Company], said the new vehicle will be nothing like any of the modern APCs. We call it a combat wheeled vehicle because it will be used as a platform for an APC, infantry fighting vehicle, tank, or self-propelled gun, he said.

Machines based on the platform will enter service in medium brigades in the Army. Armored personnel carrier on the basis of the FSM "Boomerang" are designed to transport infantry and fire support. Presumably, the "Boomerang" is an amphibian, and can independently negotiate water obstacles. The engine will be located in the front of the machine that will allow landing and landing from the stern. Presumably in an APC system "Boomerang" will be used achievements obtained during the design of the BTR-90. Details of the Russian armored vehicles were still unknown in 2012.

On the basis of the new APC, replacing the module will create a SAM launcher, reconnaissance vehicle, ambulance, car anti-tank systems, infantry fighting vehicles in the wheel version. To replace the BTR-82A, this machine will be developed on the basis of the secondary wheel base unified platform, "Boomerang." This machine is designed to transport infantry and support the fire department during the battle. Ensures the maintenance of all types of motorized infantry fighting compartment, suppression of enemy infantry, combat armored vehicles peers, defeat tanks and helicopter gunships, protect the crew and troops from small arms fire, shrapnel, autonomy of operation of the crew and troops for three days in isolation from the main forces. "Boomerang" is intended for self-overcoming water obstacles.

Prior to the supply of "Boomerang," Russian Defense Ministry plans to buy the BTR-82A and upgrade existing armored vehicles. For the first time on this project became known in late 2010. Development of a modular armored "Boomerang" on the basis of the medium wheel unified platform was commissioned by the Ministry of Defense of Russian instead of the BTR-90 in mid-2011. Rezrabotka is the Military Industrial Company together with the Arzamas Machine-Building Plant. Since 2011, the Central Research Institute "Thunderbird" developed platforms for "Boomerang" and "Armata" caliber 7.62 mm, 12, 7 mm and 30 mmremotely operated weapon systems.

According to media reports in November 2011 the new BTR project had already been approved. At the beginning of 2011 in a press release stated that the development of a prototype to be completed by 2015, but on 21 February 2012 the commander of Russian land forces said that the first samples will go to the army in 2013, and the massive supply will begin in 2015. In 2013, the Army expected the first prototypes of this technology, and hoped to begin volume shipments in 2015.

As of late 2013 no artwork was available for "Bumerang", but one potential candidate had emerged, though curiously without association with the Bumerang nomenclature. Russias Uralvagonzavod and Frances Renault are jointly developing a new infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) with an increased firing range of up to 16 kilometers, the Russian company said 25 September 2013. We [Uralvagonzavod and Renault Trucks Defense] unveiled today a prototype of a future IFV, Uralvagonzavod general director Oleg Sienko said at Russian Arms Expo-2013, which opened Wednesday in the Urals city of Nizhny Tagil. The French side provided us with the transmission, the engine, the concept and the fire control system, he said. According to Sienko, the new IFV will be highly competitive on global markets because it is equipped with a powerful 57-mm gun, instead of the 30-mm variant that is standard for current IFVs. With its maneuverability and fire power, we are certain that this product will be in high demand on the market, Sienko said, adding that a joint Russian-French venture could be formed to set up localized production of the new IFV in Russia. Renault, Frances second-biggest carmaker, has made the Russian market one of its priorities for international development. Russia is already Renaults fourth-largest automobile market. In 2014, the Renault-Nissan Alliance will get a majority stake in a joint venture with the Russian Technologies State Corporation, called Alliance Rostec Auto BV, which will control AvtoVAZ, leader of the Russian car market.

"Military-Industrial Company" (MIC) conducts finishing newest armored combat vehicles (AFV) "Boomerang" the general director of the MIC Alexander Krasovitsky said 15 June 2016 at the international exhibition of arms "Eurosatory 2016" (the Eurosatory 2016). "As part of the contract under the program" Boomerang "we are acting strictly within the framework of the tactical and technical specifications, as defined by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. We are today in relation to the base," Boomerang "have several prototypes that have changed shape, military unit and so on. On the Victory Parade May 9, 2016 , we presented five cars that were not significantly different from each other ", - informed Krasovitsky. He noted that the MIC is ready for serial production "Boomerang". "We have the infrastructure for it, and established a process of training specialists We plan to increase annual production by 20-25%.", - Said Krasovitsky.



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