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    Re: Kurganets & Boomerang Discussions Thread #2

    Post  0nillie0 on Fri May 27, 2016 7:35 am

    hoom wrote:Well you would generally want to be able to shoot back at an enemy.
    Would not want to be mission killed by a spray of AK/machinegun fire breaking the turret mechanisms.

    I would think the turret provides atleast STANAG level 2 and, in certain areas, level 3 protection all round (perhaps certain areas boosted up to STANAG 4 as per requirement?).
    Anyway i think we might see the turret evolve further as the platforms enter field testing phase. I am sure that any possible flaws will surface, and be adressed accordingly.

    If you look at such popular heavy remote weapon turrets like the Samson 30 (first version), you can see that some systems offer less protection, and that this turret here is definitely a step forward from some of the earlier Western designs.

    A "cheaper" and easy to replace turret must also count for something in a high intensity conflict. Even the best armored RWS can get mission killed with some accurate heavy sniper fire (if no redundancy is in place). This is a reality of any battlefield, and all factors need to be taken into account. Perhaps in a year or two after evalution has continued, we will see a more "heavy duty" variant beeing developed for such platforms as the T-15.

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    Re: Kurganets & Boomerang Discussions Thread #2

    Post  KoTeMoRe on Fri May 27, 2016 10:41 am

    0nillie0 wrote:
    hoom wrote:Well you would generally want to be able to shoot back at an enemy.
    Would not want to be mission killed by a spray of AK/machinegun fire breaking the turret mechanisms.

    I would think the turret provides atleast STANAG level 2 and, in certain areas, level 3 protection all round (perhaps certain areas boosted up to STANAG 4 as per requirement?).
    Anyway i think we might see the turret evolve further as the platforms enter field testing phase. I am sure that any possible flaws will surface, and be adressed accordingly.

    If you look at such popular heavy remote weapon turrets like the Samson 30 (first version), you can see that some systems offer less protection, and that this turret here is definitely a step forward from some of the earlier Western designs.

    A "cheaper" and easy to replace turret must also count for something in a high intensity conflict. Even the best armored RWS can get mission killed with some accurate heavy sniper fire (if no redundancy is in place). This is a reality of any battlefield, and all factors need to be taken into account. Perhaps in a year or two after evalution has continued, we will see a more "heavy duty" variant beeing developed for such platforms as the T-15.

    The turret provides enough protection for mission critical components, bar those impossible to protect like the "glass" and thin sensors. Also if you really can come under fire from small calibre weapons...then you deserve to get hammered.

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    Post  Luq man on Sat May 28, 2016 6:19 pm

    Nice info:






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    Post  George1 on Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:52 pm

    Preliminary tests of the latest BTR "Boomerang" completed in 2016

    Подробнее на ТАСС:
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    Re: Kurganets & Boomerang Discussions Thread #2

    Post  George1 on Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:13 pm

    MIC provides finishing armored combat vehicle "Boomerang"

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    Post  KoTeMoRe on Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:32 pm

    There was talk of TIS modules being inadequate for 2A42, they're trying to find a way to smooth down recoil. it seems they did. I hope everything has been sorted out as these puppies are a very serious first step in the unknown for KMZ.

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    Re: Kurganets & Boomerang Discussions Thread #2

    Post  Vann7 on Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:23 am



    Can anyone comment in this list?

    http://www.military-today.com/apc/top_10_infantry_fighting_vehicles.htm

    In the Top 10 Infantry vehicles they rate Kurganets-25 in the #5 position..
    behind many others that were released by NATO some that ever are more than
    30 years older . Shocked





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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:38 am

    Vann7 wrote:

    Can anyone comment in this list?

    http://www.military-today.com/apc/top_10_infantry_fighting_vehicles.htm

    In the Top 10 Infantry vehicles they rate Kurganets-25 in the #5 position..  
    behind many others that were released by NATO some that ever are more than
    30 years older . Shocked





    It's just their dumb opinion...how many of those vehicles comes standard with APS/PPS? How many of those vehicles have drop in turret capability? How many of those IFV's come standard with ATGM's designed to defeat a MBT's APS, that's also immune to all known PPS, that's capable of defeating all known armor easily, designed with a limited SHORAD capability to defeat helicopters and cruise missiles?

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    Post  cracker on Fri Jun 24, 2016 3:24 pm

    "The Puma IFV with maximum level of protection is even heavier than the T-72 main battle tank. It can be even considered as a heavy IFV. It seems that the most protected variant withstands 120- and 125-mm projectiles over the front arc. "

    lol1 lol1 lol1 lol1 lol1 lol1 lol1 lol1

    oh boy.... Good laughs.

    wow.

    And bradley over kurganets and BMP-3??? really???

    lol1  lol1  lol1

    Yeah, this list is a joke, and like 98% of things on internets, wastes server space.


    Edit:

    They have the same for MBTs... prepare the popcorn

    http://www.military-today.com/tanks/top_10_main_battle_tanks.htm

    Yeah, Armata is 5th, behind CHALLENGER 2 Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing


    Better YET! APCs list!
    http://www.military-today.com/apc/top_10_armored_personnel_carriers.htm

    Bumerang is down bottow behind the SRYKER!!!! HAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA cry Laughing The first places are occupied by obscure and unknown finish or swiss things... ok!!! Hahaha. BTR-82A thrumps almost everything on this list to begin with, but hey, they are experts right?

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    Post  Orocairion on Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:25 pm

    Abrams over a Merkava Mk4?.

    Boy, talk about a fanboy's list....

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    Re: Kurganets & Boomerang Discussions Thread #2

    Post  George1 on Mon Jul 04, 2016 7:19 am

    Boomerang with a "snorkel"



    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/1997387.html


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    Re: Kurganets & Boomerang Discussions Thread #2

    Post  Vann7 on Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:05 pm

    Wikipedia says BTR-90..



    Armour and protection
    The armour of the BTR-90 comprises welded steel armour plates. The armour can withstand hits from 14.5 mm rounds over the frontal arc. The side armour can provide protection against large caliber machine gun fire and shrapnel.



    (ignoring the anti tank missiles active defenses and smoke defenses)

    How BTR-90 steel armor protection compares with bumerang in terms of protection vs heavy machine guns? Can BUmerang or Kurganets armor protect against 14.5mm rounds frontal arc and sides? Is there any information how much better are Russia new BUmeran and Kurganets passive real steel armor vs heavy machine guns fire?  can it survive a 22mm round? a 30mm round in the front and sides?

     is there any info released about how better is the passive real steel protection of bumeran and kurganets vs heavy machine guns anti armor heavy caliber 14.5 mm or 30mm or higher heavy machine guns ?


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    Re: Kurganets & Boomerang Discussions Thread #2

    Post  hoom on Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:11 am

    Base BMP-3 is 30mm frontal, 14.5mm sides.

    Kurganets must be at least 30mm all-round, while staying amphibious, having APS & ATGMs. (lol at that 'top 10')
    Bumerang might not be 30mm all-round but likely at least that frontally.

    If I recall correctly the testing of the Typhoon MRAP was showing all-round 25-30mm protection & that was designed for 14.5mm protection.

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    Post  Benya on Tue Jul 05, 2016 1:43 pm

    George1 wrote:Boomerang with a "snorkel"



    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/1997387.html

    I heard that this one would be very useful replacing BTR-80/82s at the Russian Naval Infantry and/or Coastal Troops

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    Post  Vann7 on Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:28 am

    hoom wrote:Base BMP-3 is 30mm frontal, 14.5mm sides.

    Kurganets must be at least 30mm all-round, while staying amphibious, having APS & ATGMs. (lol at that 'top 10')
    Bumerang might not be 30mm all-round but likely at least that frontally.

    If I recall correctly the testing of the Typhoon MRAP was showing all-round 25-30mm protection & that was designed for 14.5mm protection.


    cool then.. thx Cool


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    Post  Luq man on Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:13 am

    hoom wrote:Bumerang might not be 30mm all-round but likely at least that frontally.


    The Bumerang`s engine plant is supposed to be located in the front of the vehicle. The AFV is probably protected at Level 6 (K) NATO STANAG 4569 (all-round protection against 30 mm steel/tungsten alloy armour-piercing round at 500 m distance).


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    Post  George1 on Thu Jul 07, 2016 1:41 pm

    Media: MIC start of preliminary tests of the new APC "Boomerang"


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    Re: Kurganets & Boomerang Discussions Thread #2

    Post  Benya on Sat Jul 09, 2016 7:11 pm

    Some further news about the Boomerang tests, and about the feasibility of mounting the 57 mm Baikal turret:

    http://gurkhan.blogspot.hu/2016/07/blog-post_8.html

    MIC start of preliminary tests of the new APC "Boomerang"





    Leading manufacturer of armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles and armored cars for the Russian Army Military Industrial Company (LLC "MIC") has begun preliminary testing of the latest BTR, established on the basis of a unified platform wheeled armored "Boomerang". The new machine is not only able to move around on the ground, but also to force the water obstacles. According to "Izvestia" official representative of the military-industrial complex Sergei Suvorov, "Boomerang" will be a completely new word in the family of Soviet and Russian wheeled armored personnel carriers - it is built on a unified combat platform used which can be for the benefit of the Ground Forces and the Navy .


    As previously reported, the decision to adopt the new wheeled armored personnel carriers is planned in 2017.


    - With previous models of armored vehicles 80 and 82, standing on the arms of the army, "Boomerang" in common only the presence of the eight wheels, - said Sergey Suvorov. - In the other is a brand new unified platform designed to solve various problems in the interests of both ground units of the Russian Army and Navy - in particular, the Navy Marine Corps.


    According to Suvorov, one of the main problems of the family of the BTR-80 is considered a relatively low level of protection against mines and roadside bombs. Therefore, men prefer to travel by car from the top, rather than inside it. That is the weakness of mine protection was one of the main reasons for the beginning of work on a new armored personnel carrier. "Boomerang" was first unveiled May 9, 2015: at the same time on Red Square for the first time demonstrated, and other new items of armored vehicles: heavy tracked platform "Armata" average Undercarriage "kurganets-25" and in fact the new APC. Their main feature is called ball modularity, it is possible to create a single platform the whole family of combat vehicles. For the "Almaty was" a new T-14 heavy infantry fighting vehicles T-15, T-16 ARV for "Kurgan-25" - a BMP and BTR. In this series, "Boomerang" stands somewhat apart, not least because, in contrast to the heavy machinery for weapons far more troops. On the basis of "Boomerang", for example, developed an APC and K-16 infantry fighting vehicle K-17. This allows us to offer a platform to virtually any of the Russian law enforcement agencies, whether the Land Forces, National Guard or Navy Marine Corps.

    - Marines, like VDV - a rapid reaction unit, - said the editor of the magazine "Arsenal Fatherland" Viktor Murakhovski. - According to the plans in 2015 units of marines were to receive T-90 tanks, infantry fighting vehicles BMP-3, BTR-82A combat reconnaissance patrol vehicle BRDM-3, 120-mm self-propelled artillery 2S31 Vena "Vienna", as well as modernized air defense weapons, small arms and grenades. However, only the BTR-82A is able to decide in full tactical problem for the amphibious landing on unequipped coast from all this arsenal.


    The expert explained that the sailors ordered its own development perspective combat vehicle to replace the "classic" armored personnel carriers, but in the framework of budgetary savings, this work has never found its development.

    - Ministry of Defense strictly adheres to the development of armored vehicles standardization and modularity, - explained Victor Murakhovski. - Therefore, the "Boomerang" can be considered a compromise, which will provide the Marines as the seaworthiness of the vehicle during the landing from the water, and increased firepower. For example, through the use of unmanned automatic weapon stations.


    The most promising of the automatic weapon stations, according to him - is "Baikal". The module has a 57-millimeter gun, the maximum rate of fire of 120 rounds per minute, up to 200 shots ammunition, firing range of 12 km.


    - Calibre 57 mm for today the most versatile, - said Victor Murakhovski. - It's more than 30-mm gun BTR-82, but less than the 100-mm gun of the BMP-3. The "Boomerang" has superior performance to overcome the water spaces, mobility on land and crew safety. For the first time the car engine is located in the bow of the hull. Because of this, the fighting compartment of troops was not only more secure, but it became more spacious. Landing-landing troops are now carried out in the stern of the hull on the ramp. This solution features a machine, in particular, from the Soviet BTR, where they had to go through the side door.

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    Re: Kurganets & Boomerang Discussions Thread #2

    Post  George1 on Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:54 pm

    Like Deadly Legos: New Details on Russia's Bumerang APC/IFV Combat Platform

    Russian military analyst Vladimir Tuchkov comments on the prospects for Russia's newest armored personnel carrier platform, which has a design that allows it to be configured to serve roles other than just carrying troops.

    Last week, Russian media reported that the final stage of amphibious testing on the Bumerang wheeled armored personnel carrier/infantry fighting vehicle platform had begun. It is expected that vehicles in the APC configuration, dubbed the K-16, will begin to enter service in the Russian military by the end of the year. In 2017, the Arzamas Machine-Building Plant is slated to begin mass production of the K-16.

    In a new analysis for Russia's independent online newspaper Svobodnaya Pressa on the Bumerang's capabilities and prospects, Tuchkov recalled that the vehicle, "completely new" in design terms, "differs fundamentally from the machines Russia presently has in its arsenal in this class of weaponry." Russia's aptly named Military-Industrial Company (VPK LLC) was selected to develop the Bumerang platform in 2011, and was given a list of capabilities requirements that was "extremely tough."

    "First and foremost," the military analyst recalled, "it was necessary to protect the APC and other military vehicles created on the Boomerang platform from the detonation of mines. In previous comparable APC and (IFV) designs, this had been the vehicle's most vulnerable area….VPK solved this task with flying colors."

    Increasingly exacting demands were also made regarding the new vehicle's armor. "Using new materials and optimal geometry research, designers succeeded in making the vehicle impenetrable to small arms and small-caliber munitions, as well as fragments of large caliber shells."

    Moreover, the vehicle, which sits on an 8x8 wheeled suspension, is now proving its amphibious capabilities, with its 510-horsepower diesel engine allowing the 15-20 ton unit to nimbly navigate rugged terrain.

    "On the highway," Tuchkov noted, "it is capable of speeds of up to 100 km per hour, with fuel supplies for up to 800 km. Equipped with two waterjet engines, the vehicle is also capable of overcoming water obstacles, and of 'swimming' in rough waves. For this the Bumerang is equipped with intakes and snorkels towering above the water, providing for a sealed engine and internal compartments. In this connection, vehicles using the Bumerang platform can be used by the army, but also by the Navy's amphibious assault units."

    First seen in public during the 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade, much has been written in the Russian defense community regarding the vehicle. Accordingly, Tuchkov pointed out, "experts who have had the opportunity to 'get a feel' for the K-16 suggest that it has reached a level of comfort [for operators] which simply did not exist in previous generations of [Soviet/Russian APCs]. The engine and control module are at the front of the machine, while passengers are loaded up from behind using a ramp. In this way, the men are under the protection of the vehicle's armor."

    The Bumerang platform was developed according to an extremely tight schedule. With the Defense Ministry approving the project in November 2011, the first prototypes were delivered in 2013; the vehicles participated in the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War on May 9, 2015. Since then, they have been undergoing extensive testing, and are being selectively introduced into the army.

    "To date," Tuchkov recalled, "the Boomerang platform includes two combat vehicles built for different purposes: the K-16 APC and the K-17 IFV."

    In the foreseeable future, the military expert added, the platform is expected to feature a 'full deck' of configurations. Prospective variations include a command vehicle, along with reconnaissance, electronic warfare, self-propelled artillery, armored ambulance and repair vehicles, making the Bumerang something like deadly Legos, configurable according to the military's needs.

    "All this variety demands the use of optimum armaments, given that the platform's 20-ton weight does not allow for the installation of heavy weapons," Tuchkov noted.

    Accordingly, the APC variant of the platform is equipped with the 'Bumerang-BM' module, developed by the Tula Instrument Design Bureau. The module includes a 2A42 30 mm auto cannon, along with a coaxial 7.62 mm PTK heavy machine gun, and the Cornet anti-tank system, which features four laser-guided missiles.

    "The module is unmanned and fires remotely, either by the vehicle commander or a gunner. This allows for an increased survivability rate for the crew on the one hand, and on the other, for a reduction in the module's size, including a more dense arrangement of the equipment that can be placed within it."

    "There are also blocks on the system whose purpose has not yet been disclosed," Tuchkov recalled. "According to experts, they may contain systems of electronic warfare or optronic countermeasures."

    "The Bumerang-BM main gun's maximum range is 4,000 meters. Ammunition consists of 500 rounds, including 160 armored piercing tracers and 340 high-explosive rounds. The machine gun box includes 2,000 rounds of ammunition, with a 1,500 meter firing range. The gun barrel is capable of being elevated up to 70 degrees, and of being fired on air targets. Anti-tank missiles, located on the sides of the unit in transport-launch containers, are capable of firing between 8,000-10,000 meters, depending on the modification."

    According to Tuchkov, there have been indications that the Bumerang-BM module will be installed not only on the Bumerang APC, but also the Kurganets-25 modular IFV, "and even some modifications of the heavy tracked Armata platform. In the meantime, the Tula Instrument Design Bureau is continuing to develop its weapons systems; there are plans to create the BM-'Epocha', a deep modification of the Kurgan-BM, by the end of the decade."

    "As far as the K-17 IFV is concerned, in accordance with the objectives of [providing] fire support for infantry, it is necessary to equip it with a powerful combat module like the Bumerang-BM. Open-access information on this process is extremely limited, and sometimes contradictory." In any case, the analyst noted, the K-16's arsenal is likely to include smoke and possibly aerosol grenades.

    Ultimately, according to Tuchkov, the next likely project to be developed on the basis of the Bumerang platform is a 120 mm self-propelled artillery system, along with a 57 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft system.

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    Re: Kurganets & Boomerang Discussions Thread #2

    Post  Benya on Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:27 pm

    George1 wrote:

    "As far as the K-17 IFV is concerned, in accordance with the objectives of [providing] fire support for infantry, it is necessary to equip it with a powerful combat module like the Bumerang-BM. Open-access information on this process is extremely limited, and sometimes contradictory." In any case, the analyst noted, the K-16's arsenal is likely to include smoke and possibly aerosol grenades.

    Ultimately, according to Tuchkov, the next likely project to be developed on the basis of the Bumerang platform is a 120 mm self-propelled artillery system, along with a 57 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft system.



    So, the K-16 would be the APC variant (armed with 12.7 mm Kord machine gun on an RCWS (Remote Controlled Weapon Station), and the K-17 would be the IFV variant (armed with the Boomerang-BM remote controlled turret), right?

    As for the 120 mm SPG system, I think it would be more likely a mortar carrier, since AFAIK the standard russian howitzer calibres are the 152 mm (2S3 "Akatsiya", 2S5 "Giatsint", 2S19 "Msta, 2S35 "Koalitsiya-SV") and 122 mm (2S1 "Gvozdika), with a few exceptions like the 2S4 "Tyulpan" heavy mortar system (240 mm), or the 2S7 "Pion" heavy SPG (203 mm). The only 120 mm systems are the 2S9 "Nona" and the 2S31 "Vena", both of them are Self-propelled Mortars.

    But if it will be completed, I think it would be look like this:

    https://i35.servimg.com/u/f35/19/50/14/04/stryke11.jpg

    or, like this:

    https://i35.servimg.com/u/f35/19/50/14/04/rak_1210.jpg

    As for the 57 mm SPAAG system, a dual configuration of 57 mm cannons would be logical

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    Re: Kurganets & Boomerang Discussions Thread #2

    Post  GarryB on Wed Jul 13, 2016 11:58 am

    So, the K-16 would be the APC variant (armed with 12.7 mm Kord machine gun on an RCWS (Remote Controlled Weapon Station), and the K-17 would be the IFV variant (armed with the Boomerang-BM remote controlled turret), right?

    Currently the 57mm gun armed turret is not ready, so at the moment the APC and IFV turrets have a HMG and a 30mm cannon and Kornet ATGM respectively.

    When the 57mm gun turret is ready then the IFV will have a 57mm gun and the APC will have the small turret with the HMG.

    Remember, by definition an APC is a troop transport with light firepower to support the troops... ie HMG. The IFV needs to be able to destroy the enemy equivalent, so a 57mm gun is needed to penetrate 30 ton class vehicles.

    Note for every vehicle family see the quote below:

    In the foreseeable future, the military expert added, the platform is expected to feature a 'full deck' of configurations. Prospective variations include a command vehicle, along with reconnaissance, electronic warfare, self-propelled artillery, armored ambulance and repair vehicles, making the Bumerang something like deadly Legos, configurable according to the military's needs.

    This includes the Boomerang and the Kurganets and the Armata and Typhoon.

    As for the 120 mm SPG system, I think it would be more likely a mortar carrier, since AFAIK the standard russian howitzer calibres are the 152 mm (2S3 "Akatsiya", 2S5 "Giatsint", 2S19 "Msta, 2S35 "Koalitsiya-SV") and 122 mm (2S1 "Gvozdika), with a few exceptions like the 2S4 "Tyulpan" heavy mortar system (240 mm), or the 2S7 "Pion" heavy SPG (203 mm). The only 120 mm systems are the 2S9 "Nona" and the 2S31 "Vena", both of them are Self-propelled Mortars.

    The 120mm mortar carrier in the Boomerang family will be a mortar carrier like the VENA and NONA. It will likely look a lot like the 2S23... and likely nothing like the Stryker model you posted a link to.

    As for the 57 mm SPAAG system, a dual configuration of 57 mm cannons would be logical

    Not logical. The ZSU-57-2 had two barrels to increase rate of fire, but it did not have guided shells so a high rate of fire increased hit probability.

    Otherwise a second barrel just increases weight an cost and complication.

    The fire control system on the vehicle would be the limiting factor as to how many targets could be engaged at one time... rate of fire would be irrelevant in comparison.


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    Re: Kurganets & Boomerang Discussions Thread #2

    Post  GunshipDemocracy on Wed Jul 13, 2016 12:12 pm

    GarryB wrote:
    As for the 57 mm SPAAG system, a dual configuration of 57 mm cannons would be logical

    Not logical. The ZSU-57-2 had two barrels to increase rate of fire, but it did not have guided shells so a high rate of fire increased hit probability.

    Otherwise a second barrel just increases weight an cost and complication.

    The fire control system on the vehicle would be the limiting factor as to how many targets could be engaged at one time... rate of fire would be irrelevant in comparison.

    Actually rate of fire is relevant. But not for long series but bursts. Fire control with current state of electronics/optics is not limiting factor but ability to move barrel in stabilized way is.

    I just wonder is 57mm based system swill have additional AGTMs?

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    Re: Kurganets & Boomerang Discussions Thread #2

    Post  Benya on Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:49 pm

    As for the 57 mm SPAAG system, a dual configuration of 57 mm cannons would be logical

    Not logical. The ZSU-57-2 had two barrels to increase rate of fire, but it did not have guided shells so a high rate of fire increased hit probability.

    Otherwise a second barrel just increases weight an cost and complication.


    The fire control system on the vehicle would be the limiting factor as to how many targets could be engaged at one time... rate of fire would be irrelevant in comparison.

    First, rate of fire does make sense, it is an important factor to be reckoned with, so it is totally relevant.

    I think that the 2*57 mm configuration would be similar to the 2K22 "Tunguska" (if it will be ever made).

    This config would be useful for countering incoming bombs or other guided/unguided free-falling airborne projectiles that are posing direct threat to friendly troops or the system itself. This could be executed with the use of combined electro-optically/ radar guided 57 mm shells with a radio-controlled fuse and a HE-Frag (High Explosive fragmentation) warhead. And believe me, the high rate of fire and the guided shells combined would have an amazing hit probability.

    The scheme of its use would look like this:

    1. The surveillance radar detects the incoming threat.

    2. The radar adjusts the electro-optical aiming system (and the guns) onto the target.

    3. The aiming system measures the target's distance, height, speed and direction of flight, thus calculating its predicted flight path.

    4. When the necessary calculations were made, the fire control system fires the cannons.

    5. The electro-optical aiming system (likely with the help of a laser rangefinder), measures the shells' distance from the cannons, and also the shells'distance to the target in every split second, thus fine tuning the fuse before impact/explosion.

    6. In the close proximity of the target, the fuse detonates the HE-Frag warhead, creating a cloud of fragments, which is surely obliterates any incoming bomb, and severely damages or even immediately kills enemy attack helicopters/drones or even low flying CAS (Close Air Support) aircraft, maybe even cruise missiles etc.

    I think that the 57 mm cannon has many advantages over its smaller caliber counterparts:

    1. Bigger shell/warhead size. The bigger shell can deliver more explosive pover, which equals bigger destruction upon impact/close proximity.

    2. According to my aforementioned statemnent, the more powerful shells are surely reducing the need for a bigger ammo reserve, thus the system can carry less ammo, and can destroy the same amount of targets.

    And the dual configuration has its own advantages too:

    1. Two simultaneously fired HE-Frag shells can cover a much wider area with fragments, and are more likely to destroy the target than a single one.

    2. If one barrel fails, the second one will still be operational, but with severely reduced firing rate. It's needless to say that if a single barreled system fails, the whole system is completely out of service.

    But nothing is perfect, both systems have almost the same disadvantages:

    1. The fast firing 57 mm cannons are sure to be producing an immense amount of heat during firing, so the weapons will surely need a monster of a cooling system.

    2. Low rate of fire. Even the ZSU-57-2 had a fire rate around 120 rpm, and the single barrel AZP S-60 had an even less, around 105-120 rpm cyclic, and a 70 rpm sustained firing rate.

    My last thoughts are that the whole concept of a modern 57 mm SPAAG system is a little bit risky, but on the other hand it is quite promising.

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    Re: Kurganets & Boomerang Discussions Thread #2

    Post  Benya on Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:18 pm

    GunshipDemocracy wrote:

    Actually rate of fire is relevant. But not for long series but bursts. Fire control with current state of electronics/optics is not limiting factor but ability to move barrel in stabilized way is.  

    Well, actually, this is what i was talking about Very Happy

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