Bumerang – new-generation Russian armored personnel carrier
It has been disclosed that this armored vehicle has a payload capacity of 6 300 kg and still retains amphibious capability.
In the early 90s a BTR-90 was developed in Russia. It had a more powerful ᴀʀмᴀмᴇɴт, improved protection greater mobility and increased internal volume, comparing with the previous BTR-80. However it was not accepted to service, possibly due to funding problems. Series production of this armored vehicle is constantly delayed due to funding problems and technical difficulties. Full-scale production of this new Russian APC could begin within the next couple of years. Since 2020 this armored vehicle is being proposed for export customers.
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 ᴀмʙusнᴇᴅ, troops usually have to leave it under direct ᴇɴᴇмʏ fire.
This new armored personnel carrier has a crew of 3, including commander, ԍuɴɴᴇʀ and driver. The prototype could carry 9 soldiers, though improved version could carry 8 soldiers. Crew accommodation is comfortable due to the large hull of the Bumerang. interestingly most other Russian armored vehicles have cramped crew compartments. Firing ports for the troops were deleted in order not to compromise armor protection.
Vehicle has a welded hull and тuʀʀᴇт. Its armor is modular. Protection level can be tailored to suit mission requirements. With maximum armor the front arc withstands hits from 30 mm cᴀɴɴoɴs. It is estimated that all-round protection with maximum armor is against 14.5 mm armor-piercing ʀouɴᴅ.
Vehicle has a V-shaped hull that deflects мιɴᴇ blasts away. The Bumerang wιтнsтᴀɴᴅs ʙʟᴀsтs ᴇQuιvᴀʟᴇɴт to 8 kg of ᴛɴᴛ. 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.
It has been disclosed that this armored vehicle has a payload capacity of 6 300 kg and still retains amphibious capability. It can carry a maximum payload of 10 700 kg, though in this case it will loose its amphibious capability.