Bumerang 8×8 Armoured Personnel Carrier (K-16 APC)

The Bumerang is an 8×8 wheeled Modular Armoured Fighting Vehicle and one of Russia’s most recent AFV’s unveiled during the 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade.

The Bumerang is still under development and pending trials. During the 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade, 2 variants were on display, the Armoured Personnel Carrier and Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

Bumerang 8×8 Infantry Fighting Vehicle: Here

Boomerang_BTR_wheeled_8x8_armoured_vehicle_personnel carrier_Russia_Russian_defence_industry_military_equipment_017.jpgInfantry Fighting Vehicle (K-17)

They can be fitted with mission/variant role modules. The modular construction normally allows them to be easily up armoured. Their chassis, engine and suspension are capable of accepting these upgrades with out significant loss in mobility.

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The APC version is equipped with a Remote Weapon Station, which can be equipped with various calibre Machine Guns, but is featured in pictures as a 12.7mm heavy machine gun. It will be operated by most likely the vehicle commander remotely at his station and will probably have day and thermal channels on its sighting equipment. This RWS is the same one used on the Kurganets-25 APC.

Boomerang Remote Weapon Station

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12.7 mm heavy machine gun

Length of gun: 1560 mm
Elevation: -5 ° to +70 °
Traverse: 360 °
Muzzle velocity: 845 m/s
Combat rate of fire: 80 to 100 rounds/min
Maximum range: 6000 m
Effective range of ground targets: 2000 m
Effective range of air targets: 1500 m
Weight of gun: 25 kg
Weight of gun mainly: 9 kg

Technical data excaliburarmy.com

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The driver is located at the front left with the engine compartment to his right and set back slightly judging by the air vents. The turret or RWS is located centrally. Behind is the infantry section compartment and exit the vehicle through the rear.

boomerang_front_wavebreaker_belly_protection_zpstvyjmpgiThe Boomerang has a wave breaker at the front, deployed when the vehicle enters the water. The belly is also protected by an armor plate seen at the lower front.

Their compartment has roof hatches. there are 2 propellers on the rear of the vehicle to manoeuvre in the water. Source Tank Nut Dave

boomerang_propeller425_zpsozymjjmkTwo waterjets used for amphibious operations

In 2011 Russian MoD issued a requirement for a modular family of armored vehicles instead of the BTR-90. The project is known as the Bumerang (boomerang). A baseline vehicle is an armored personnel carrier. It was developed alongside a new-generation Kurganets tracked armored vehicle family. The whole project was kept in high secrecy. The new APC was revealed to Russian military officials in 2013. During the same year first Bumerang APCs were delivered to the Russian Army for trials and evaluation. It was first publicly revealed in 2015. In 2015 a handful of pre-production vehicles were delivered to the Russian armed forces. As of early 2017 this APC sis till being tested by its manufacturer. Full-scale production could begin within the next couple of years.

Once operational the new-generation Bumerang APC should replace a whole host of ageing Russian armored vehicles. The estimated requirement is for at least 2 000 wheeled armored vehicles.

Once operational the new-generation Bumerang APC should replace a whole host of ageing Russian armored vehicles. The estimated requirement is for at least 2 000 wheeled armored vehicles.

The Bumerang is a clean sheet design. It is not based on any previous Russian armored vehicle. Actually it resembles Western designs. A number of components and subsystems of the Bumerang are interchangeable with the Kurganets family of tracked armored vehicles.

Engine of the Bumerang is located at the front of the hull. Troops enter and leave the new vehicle via rear power-operated ramp with integral doors. It is worth mentioning that a rear-mounted engine of the BTR series APCs was a significant drawback, as troops had to leave the vehicle via side doors. Cramped side entry and exit hatches are even worse on BTR-70 APCs, which is still in service with the Russian Army. If such vehicles are ambushed, troops usually have to leave it under direct enemy fire.

This new armored personnel carrier has a crew of 3, including commander, gunner and driver. It can carry 9 soldiers. Firing ports for the troops were deleted in order not to compromise armor protection.

Vehicle has a welded hull and turret. Its armor is modular, so protection level can be tailored to suit mission requirements. So far its protection level is classified. However it seems that all-round protection with maximum armor is against 14.5-mm armor-piercing round.

Vehicle has a V-shaped hull that deflects mine blasts away. As usually this vehicle is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems. It has been reported that the Bumerang can be fitted with active protection system.

V-shaped hull

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The new APC is powered by a turbocharged diesel engine. Two engine alternatives are available. These are 17-liter ChTZ-Uraltrac 2V06 opposite engine, developing 450-510 hp or YaMZ-780 inline engine with two turbochargers, developing 750 hp.  As of early 2017 it is unclear which engine will be fitted on production model. It is planned that the same engine will be used by Kurganets family of tracked armored vehicles.

It looks like the engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Vehicle has an 8×8 configuration with all-wheel drive. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system and run-flat tyres. The Bumerang is fully-amphibious. On water is is propelled by two waterjets.  Source military-today.com

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.” Source sputniknews.com

Specification

Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Personnel 9 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 15 ~ 20 t
Length ~ 8 m
Width ~ 3 m
Height ~ 3 m
Armament
Main gun 30-mm
ATGW Kornet-M
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm (?)
Ammunition load
Main gun 500 rounds
ATGW 4 missiles
Machine guns 2 000 x 7.62-mm
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power 450 ~ 750 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 100 km/h
Amphibious speed on water ~ 10 km/h
Range ~ 800 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording Amphibious

Source military-today.com

Pictures: © Интернет-журнал “Армейский Вестник”, 2010 г. and Vitaly Kuzmin

Updated May 23, 2017

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