Military


Bumerang [Boomerang]

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. Russia’s Uralvagonzavod and France’s 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, France’s second-biggest carmaker, has made the Russian market one of its priorities for international development. Russia is already Renault’s 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.



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