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Bumerang armored personnel carrier drives during the Victory Parade marking the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 9, 2015

‘Unkillable’: Russia Testing New Generation Armored Vehicle

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The Bumerang - Russia’s newest armored personnel carrier, which was unveiled during last year’s May 9 Victory Parade in Moscow - is currently undergoing preliminary trials.

Alexander Krasovitsky, the head of the Bumerang’s maker, the Military-Industrial Company, heaped praise on what he describes as a “machine you simply can’t kill.”

“This is a new generation vehicle, better armed and better protected, both actively and passively, and boasting an advanced system of control, which exceeds what you can find on the very best foreign analogues,” Krasovitsky told RIA Novosti.

First presented during the 2015 Victory Day parade on Red Square, the Bumerang is already being eyed by foreign militaries.

“There is a great deal of foreign interest in buying the Bumerang. If we get an official go-ahead from the government we’ll be ready to sell,” Alexander Krasovitsky said.

The Bumerang is to replace the BTR-82/A, a heavily modernized version of the 1980s-designed BTR-80.

Its 8x8, front-engine design features ceramic armor technology, including anti-tank grenade and anti-mine protection, has a crew of three, and can be fitted with a 30 mm anti-materiel or armor-piercing cannon, a 7.62 mm or 12.7  mm machine gun.

In addition to its role as a troop carrier, the Bumerang can serve as an anti-tank missile carrier, an air defense missile launcher, an armored ambulance, a command post vehicle, a fire-support vehicle and a mortar carrier.

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versatility, better protection, ceramic armor, armored fighting vehicle, BTR-80, BTR-82A, BTR Bumerang APC, Military-Industrial Company, Alexander Krasovitsky, Russia
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  • cast235
    Best if it could carry both caliber weapons in one pod.. How?
    The smaller caliber under or above, and the other on top. With dual feed from each side. Difficult? Yes, impossible? no. It should add laser defense to same dual system. And even grenades launcher. Now Russia will have to modify it, because pesky Chinese copycat , saw ir=t before it went out. Russia MUST hide plans, until is too late for the copy. Or add copyrights. Without details,. Russia knows how.

    Their idea is to outsell Russia. Is that a strategic partner?
  • michael
    has krasovitsky heard of the ss titanic?
  • Ivan Buckeye
    Russia is the only European country with a capable military and infrastructure to be a global player. European countries are all too small and resource depleted to flourish independently, except for Russia, which is massive and can adequately provide for it's populace.
  • peaceactivist2in reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
    Russia must share what she has with the Chinese, because they are now born twin but just happen to be one black one white hairs.
  • peaceactivist2
    It is hard to believe that it is "hard to kill" as what we seen in Iraq where an abram tank still can't survive that road side thing.
  • slimyfoxin reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
    cast235, Absolutely agree with your statement that Chinese cannot be trusted. I know from my personal experience in doing business with Chinese MoD and know that even before they start to discuss subject they demand drawings and full description and performance of the product. Then if they cannot figure out what is missing they ask to purchase evaluating quantity of few samples only to inform you after 3 - 4 years that they are not interested as they have their own product with same performance. Next time when you visit International Defence Exhibition you find that they are offering your product slightly modified and it is offered at half your price. Of course you spend years of hard work couple of millions of investment only to find out that these bastards are stealing your work. That is why we have no web site and only printed catalogues available which are impossible to copy and then increase picture several times maintaining clarity which allows reproduction.

    So far they copied every Russian military product and then they claim that they developed that product and that is result of indigenous work. Hate them sincerely.
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