GarryB wrote:My understanding was that the vehicle was too small and they made it bigger to handle all the extra gear from Ratnik for each soldier... it consists of nets covering the sides of the vehicle where backpacks and equipment can be hung for the troops inside the vehicle.
The frontal armour of Boomerang should be excellent against enemy 30mm cannons and smaller at 2km range, which means a 125mm gun armed Boomerang would kick arse against something like a Bradley because at 2km the 25mm cannon of the American vehicle would do very little damage to the Boomerang, while the damage a 125mm tank round could do to a Bradley or any other enemy BMP would be obvious.
The future direction is to make Boomerang divisions where all 27 vehicle types in each division is Boomerang based, so logistics just need to carry one type of wheel, and support one engine and transmission type and work with one vehicle to support the entire unit.
That means putting Sprut or T-14 turrets on one to make it a tank...
Any obstacle they come across the mobility will be similar... all amphibious, all wheeled... similar protection all latest weapons and communications equipment.
The Typhoon family of four and six wheeled vehicles might be too light for the 125mm gun of the Sprut, but the Sprut is an 18 ton light tank so it is about 8 tons lighter than the Boomerang tank will weigh...
Long range accurate powerful fire power is always useful... it is the 70 ton super heavy tank that breaks all the bridges and ruins roads that is not wanted much of the time.
And I'll add that a wheeled brigade is not necessarily going to be used where the enemy will have armour formations anyway, not major ones. Rather IFVs, anti-armour and urban defenses.
It's a fast mobile brigade that's useful where the road network is plenty developed. You're not going to get it to go cross-country or carry out breakthroughs.