Russia has released additional details of its latest Bumerang (Boomerang) family of wheeled 8x8 armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) that are the long-term replacement for the currently deployed BTR-80 8x8 amphibious armoured personnel carrier (APC).
The Bumerang chassis has the designation VPK-7829, with the infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) variant designated the K-17 and the APC model is designated the K-16 (while under development the vehicle was referred to as the Gilza, which is Russian for 'cartridge').
Trials with the first batch of six vehicles are still under way and an initial production order is expected soon to be placed with the Military Industrial Corporation (MIC), which is the prime contractor, sources at the recent International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi told Jane's.
It was confirmed that the hull of the Bumerang is of all welded steel, to which an appliqué layer of passive armour can be added. The hull design is such that it can be fitted with a MacPherson-type suspension or hydropneumatic suspension with variable height control.
The vehicle's troop compartment is at the rear, with eight dismounts seated four down each side facing inwards and provided with blast-attenuating seats that are not attached to the floor and feature five-point seat belts. It has been confirmed that the dismounts can rapidly leave the vehicle via a power operated ramp at the rear.
The K-17 IFV variant is fitted with the same remote-control turret (RCT) as that fitted to the T-15 heavy IFV. This RCT is called the Epoch Almaty and is armed with a 30 mm 2A42 dual-feed cannon with 500 rounds of ready-use ammunition and a 7.62 mm PKTM co-axial machine gun (MG) with 2,000 rounds of ready-use ammunition.
Mounted on either side of the turret are two KBP Instrument Design Bureau Kornet-EM laser-guided missile launchers, with one version typically having a thermobaric warhead with impact and proximity target sensors while the other has a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead.
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