The unique Russian armored carrier "Boomerang" can independently swim tens of kilometers and accurately hit any targets from the surface of the water. Also, the APC can be transferred over long distances with the help of high-speed landing craft and land the military from the ships-transports to the unprepared shore. These requirements are specified in the tactical-technical task of the Navy. According to experts, for the Russian marines "Boomerang" will become a universal combat platform, capable of solving a wide range of tasks. Landing troops from the sea, supporting it with fire, and also fighting on land.
The Bumerang BTR was developed and tested by the Military Industrial Company (OOO VPK). The car was first shown to the general public at the exhibition-forum "Army-2017". Earlier, "Boomerang" could only be seen from afar during the Victory Parades on Red Square.
As Izvestia was told in the Navy's commander-in-chief, tactical and technical requirements for the Bumerang BTR intended for the marines have now been formed. The machine should be able not only to independently force small water obstacles, but also participate in the over-landing landing (more than 60 km from the coast - "Izvestia") of the sea assault. To do this, high-speed hovercraft will be used. In both cases, "Boomerang" should be able to fire from all types of weapons of the armament complex for coastal purposes.
"The floating version of the Bumerang BTR is being tested," said Alexander Krasovitsky, General Director of the MIC, answering the questions of Izvestiya journalists at the 2017 Army Forum. - The shape of the car is still being finalized according to the customer's requirements, so it's too early to speak about its capabilities in more detail.
At present, the Marine Corps units of the Navy are rearmed on BTR-82A armored personnel carriers and 120-millimeter self-propelled artillery pieces 2C31 "Vienna".
"The plans for the development of the Navy include the construction of a series of new large amphibious assault ships of the" Lavina "type," Professor of the Academy of Military Sciences Vadim Kozyulin told Izvestia. "These ships will be able to deliver up to 60 light armored vehicles to the shore, drop it on the unequipped shore through the forward ramp or transfer it to the land by speedboats. As part of this work, the sailors ordered their own development of a prospective combat vehicle in place of classic armored personnel carriers, but because of the limited funds, the work was not developed. "Boomerang" can be considered a compromise, which will ensure the marines as seaworthiness of the vehicle during the landing from the water, and increased firepower.
Today, "Boomerang" - one of the most versatile combat platforms, created by a modular type. BTR received the front engine layout. This arrangement protects the crew and troops from the bullets and grenades of the enemy, and also provides a more convenient exit from the car through the aft ramp. The machine has amphibian capabilities thanks to a sealed displacement armored hull and two water cannons located in the stern of the armored personnel carrier behind the wheels of the machine. They provide the mobility of a 20-ton "Boomerang" on the water with a maximum speed of at least 12 km / h.
Unlike the BTR-82A, the Boomerang can be equipped with various unmanned combat modules with weapons of caliber from 12.7 mm to 125 mm. In a number of configurations, an anti-tank missile system is included in the armament complex. This significantly distinguishes it from its predecessors and allows it to offer a platform to virtually any of the Russian law enforcement agencies, be it the Land Forces, the National Guard or the Navy's Marine Corps. On the basis of the unified armored platform "Boomerang", an armored personnel carrier K-16 and a wheeled infantry fighting vehicle K-17 have already been developed. Completion of tests of the basic version of the Bumerang APC is expected this year.