The armored personnel carrier was developed and is currently being tested by the Military-Industrial Company (MIC LLC). It was first presented to the public at the Army-2017 exhibition and forum. Before that, he was seen at the Victory Day parade on Red Square.
As stated in the Main Commissariat of the Navy, currently tactical and technical requirements for the armored personnel carrier "Boomerang", intended for the marines, are formed. Not only the ability to independently force small water obstacles, but also the ability to participate in an amphibious assault landing force beyond the 60 km from the coast is required. At the same time, in both cases, “Boomerang” should be able to effectively hit coastal targets of all types weaponspresented in the weapons complex.
The floating version of the Bomerang BTR is being tested. The appearance of the machine is still being finalized to meet the requirements of the customer, therefore it is premature to talk in more detail about its capabilities.
- said general director of the military industrial complex Alexander Krasovitsky.
To date, the rearmament of the marines is being carried out through the supply of the BTR-82A and 120-mm self-propelled artillery 2C31 "Vienna".
The plans for the development of the Navy fleet laid the construction of a series of new large landing ships of the Avalanche type. These ships will be able to deliver up to 60 units of light armored vehicles to the shore, land it on an unequipped shore through the bow ramp or transfer it to land using speed boats. As part of this work, the sailors ordered their own development of a promising combat vehicle instead of the classic armored personnel carriers, but due to limited funds, the work was not developed. "Boomerang" can be considered a compromise that will provide the marines with both seaworthiness of the vehicle upon landing from the water and increased firepower.
- explained the professor of the Academy of Military Sciences Vadim Kozyulin.
The front position of the engine in the Boomerang provides additional protection for the crew and the assault against the enemy’s bullets and grenades, as well as more convenient exit from the car through the stern ramp. Amphibious abilities of the vehicle are achieved by means of a sealed displacement armored hull and two water cannons located in the rear part of the BTR behind the wheels of the vehicle. Thanks to them, the moving speed of the 20-ton Boomerang on the water surface reaches at least 12 km / h.
Unlike the BTR-82A, the Boomerang can be equipped with various gearless combat modules with weapons of caliber from 12,7 mm to 125 mm. It is possible to install an anti-tank missile system. The modular principle of the acquisition of the machine allows you to offer it to almost any of the Russian law enforcement agencies. At present, the K-16 BTR and the K-17 wheeled infantry fighting vehicle have been developed. The completion of tests of the basic version of the Boomerang BTR is expected this year.