Krasovitsky’s speech cannot be called a sensation in full measure - plans to create a fully automated artillery combat module for the wheelbase armed with an 125-mm gun developed for the Armata T-14 tank were reported back in 2015.
Recall that the modularity and high potential of the design was confirmed by the fact that the Boomerangs originally participating in the rehearsals of the Victory Parade in Alabino were originally equipped with a combat module armed with an 12,7 caliber machine gun. And on the Red Square, all 4 machines came out already with modules with 30-mm cannons and the Kornet ATGM, which look much more impressive.
Information about the developed BMTV is not so much, however, experts believe that in the “tank” version the “Boomerang” will receive not only the 125-mm gun from the T-14, but it will also be unified with it by the sighting system and means of active protection.
It should be noted that interest in the "wheeled tanks" or "cannon armored vehicles" arose among the Russian military not today.
Thus, on the basis of the BTR-90 “Rostok”, the “wheeled tank” 2C28 Sprut-K, armed with the 125-mm 2X75 cannon from the self-propelled artillery 2CXNNXX Sprut-SD, was also developed.
And, in 2012, the media reported that the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation is conducting an assessment test of two Italian heavy wheeled armored vehicles of the type B1 "Centaur" (Centauro), and representatives of the firms IVECO and Oto Melara expect that Russia will acquire a license for the production of Centauro, which can be placed on OAO "KamAZ".
These plans, if they really were, did not have to come true.
And it is quite reasonable. Alexander Krasovitsky did not accidentally indicate that today there are no direct competitors to the Russian Boomerang armored personnel carrier and, accordingly, BMTV, which is being built on its base.
First of all, it concerns the uninhabited automated combat module, by virtue of which the ammunition and armament are completely isolated, both from the crew and the landing (in the variant of the BMP and BTR).
One of the weak points of all "wheeled tanks" is their lesser (compared to tracked vehicles) security. Having a powerful weapon "tank" level, they, as a rule, are equipped with light bulletproof armor.
So, for the B-1 Centauro, which participated in the peacekeeping operation in Somalia, had to quickly buy ROMOR-A dynamic protection kits in Britain. To protect these armored cars from RPG-7 missiles.
And the M1128 MGS cannon "Strikers" of the US Army, as a result of the war in Iraq, are amplified by such a number of hinged panels and screens, which somewhat reduces the driving characteristics of this machine.
Against this background, the wheeled platform of average weight (24 tons), "Boomerang" compares favorably. According to some reports, it can withstand an anti-tank grenade or a rocket fired from a portable complex from any angle, and also provides protection from small-caliber artillery shells fired into frontal armor and large-caliber machine guns - into airborne. The armor will be modular, consisting of removable armored ceramic plates, gratings to combat cumulative shells and dynamic protection. Like many light tanks, the car will be floating.
The wheel formula is known 8x8. Moreover, the suspension is completely independent for all wheels, with all-wheel drive and Run Flat system. "Boomerang" can turn on the spot, like a tracked tank, thanks to the possibility of rotating the wheels of different sides in opposite directions.
The speed on the highway is about 100 km / h, afloat - 12 km / h, the range on the highway - 800 km.
As you know, most BMTVs were created, primarily for use in local wars in conditions of African shrouds or Middle Eastern deserts.
Wheel equipment, has a large resource, is much cheaper to operate (does not need tank trailers). Lighter weight makes it easier to transport aviation and sea transport. High speed opens up great opportunities for long-distance raids and escort of columns. Insufficient security for low-intensity conflicts was not considered very critical - it was assumed that the rebels against whom these machines would operate would be armed mainly with light weapons.
However, I would not compare the BMTV based on the Boomerang with “colonial” armored vehicles like the French Panhard AML, or the South African Ratel FSV90.
Rather, there seems to be an analogy with the Soviet wheeled-tracked tank BT-7 (high-speed tank), which was conceived as a long-range strike tank, combining the patency of a tracked vehicle with the speed of a wheeled armored car necessary for operations on European autobahns.
It is clear that all the main advantages of wheeled vehicles are instantly negated, if necessary, to act on the roads. That is why BMTV can not replace conventional tanks, but can seriously enhance the capabilities of the troops. Especially on the European theater with its developed network of high-quality roads.
So the Boomerang wheeled tank, in terms of its firepower, is comparable to the T-90, with its speed and power reserve, it can become, along with the upgraded T-80, another “European horror”.
It is noteworthy that the Americans, compensating for their lack of light tanks, are placing their “gun” strikers in Europe, and not only in the M1128 MGS modification, but the new Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle Dragoon (ICVD), armed with an XM30 automatic speed gun XM813 production ATK company.