VPK-7829 Bumerang

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Bumerang
Bumerang APCBumerang IFV
Type Armored personnel carrier
Place of origin Russia
Production history
Manufacturer Arzamas Machine-Building Plant[1]
Specifications
Weight 25 tons
Crew 3 (+7-8 passengers)

Armor Some form of ceramic
Main
armament
Bumerang IFV: Bumerang-BM remote weapon station turret with 30 mm automatic cannon 2A42, 9M133 Kornet-EM anti-tank missiles, and PKT 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun or AU-220M Baikal remote weapon station with 57mm BM-57 autocannon[2]
Bumerang APC: 12.7 mm machine gun remote turret
Engine BarnaulTransMash[3] turbocharged diesel UTD-32TR
510 hp[4]
Suspension wheeled 8×8
Operational
range
800 km (500 mi)
Speed 100 km/h (62 mph)

The VPK-7829 Bumerang (Russian: Бумеранг, Boomerang) is an amphibious wheeled armored personnel carrier being developed for the Russian Army.[5][6][7]

History[edit]

In the early 1990s, the BTR-90 was developed as a replacement for the BTR-80 in the Russian Army. While it was an improvement in armament, protection, mobility, and internal space over its predecessor, it all came at the cost of greatly increased unit price. It wasn't accepted into service (except in small numbers) as the modest increase in performance wasn't seen as enough justification for its cost and complexity. Purchases of the BTR-80 stopped in 2010 and the improved BTR-82 was obtained as a stop-gap measure. In mid-2011, the Russian Ministry of Defense issued a requirement for a modular wheeled family of armored vehicles instead of buying the BTR-90. Development of a new wheeled APC is being done alongside the new and similarly armed Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicle.[8][9]

In November 2011, media reports said the new project had been approved. On 21 February 2012, Colonel General Alexander Postnikov said that the Russian Army would be taking the first deliveries of the Bumerang prototype in 2013. Large-scale deliveries are to begin in 2015. At least 2,000 Bumerang vehicles are to replace the BTR-80 and BTR-82/A in Russian service.[8][9][10]

The Bumerang was first seen in public (initially with its turret and cannon shrouded) during rehearsals for the 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade.

Design[edit]

Rear view of the Bumerang with the two waterjets visible

Voyenno-Promyshlennaya Kompaniya, the company making the Bumerang, claims it “will be nothing like any of the modern APCs.” Many details about its design have not been released, but it is known that the vehicle will be amphibious and be able to negotiate and overcome water obstacles using two waterjets. In a departure with the previous BTR series of vehicles, the engine will be located in the front instead of the rear. Engine location was a significant drawback of BTR vehicles, where soldiers had to exit the vehicles through cramped side doors. The Bumerang has rear doors and roof hatches for troop entry and exit. It will likely have a crew of three consisting of the driver, gunner, and commander and hold seven troops. Protection will come from ceramic armor and technologies to prevent shell splinters. Like BTRs, the Bumerang will be an 8×8 wheeled vehicle, and will be equipped with a 750 hp turbocharged diesel engine. Several components and subsystems will be interchangeable between the Bumerang APC and Kurganets-25 IFV, and both vehicles will be powered by the same engine.[8][9][11] There are two versions of the Bumerang 8×8 vehicle: the K-16 armored personnel carrier (APC), lightly armed with a 12.7 mm machine gun in a small remote turret; and the K-17 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), heavily armed with the Bumerang-BM RWS with a 30 mm cannon and Kornet-EM anti-tank missiles.[12]

Variants[edit]

The Bumerang is referred to as "a combat wheeled vehicle" because it will serve several different roles, similar to America's Strykers. Other vehicle platform variations will fulfill different roles in addition to armored transport, including as an armored ambulance, command post vehicle, reconnaissance vehicle, anti-tank missile carrier, air defense missile launcher, fire support vehicle, and mortar carrier.[8] Further versions could include a light tank[11] (plans to create a version with a 125 mm gun for use as a wheeled assault gun were confirmed in March 2018)[13] and a self-propelled gun.[10]

  • K-16 Bumerang - APC version with a remote weapon station with 12.7mm machine gun.
  • K-17 Bumerang - IFV version with 30mm or 57mm autocannon.

Operators[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Бумеранг". militaryrussia.ru. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Cloud from shrapnel: how controlled ammunition will strengthen the power of Russian armored vehicles - International News".
  3. ^ "ОАО Барнаултрансмаш - дизели Д6 Д12, дизель-генераторы, судовые дизели, электроагрегаты, ДГУ, ДРА, ГПА". www.barnaultransmash.ru.
  4. ^ http://www.kolesa.ru/article/chernyj-bumer-8h8-nastojaschij-tank-na-kolesah-2015-05-17
  5. ^ "Unstoppable: Russia's New APC Can Swim 60 Kilometers, Fire in Amphibious Mode - Sputnik International".
  6. ^ "K-17 Bumerang IFV 8x8 Boomerang armored infantry fighting vehicle technical data sheet specifications information pictures video intelligence identification Russia Russian Military equipment | Russia Russian army wheeled armoured vehicle UK | Russia Russian army military equipment vehicles UK".
  7. ^ "K-17".
  8. ^ a b c d Bumerang - Military-Today.com
  9. ^ a b c Bumerang [Boomerang] - Globalsecurity.org
  10. ^ a b Russian Army to Get Boomerangs in 2013 - En.Ria.ru, 21 February 2012
  11. ^ a b First prototype of the Russian wheeled armoured personnel carrier Boomerang will be ready for 2013 - Armyrecognition.com, 7 July 2012
  12. ^ New version of Russian K-16 and K-17 Bumerang were unveiled during military parade in Smolino - Armyrecognition.com, 2 August 2016
  13. ^ Russia to create self-propelled antitank gun on Boomerang platform. Army Recognition. 5 March 2018.

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