The Russian Army will take delivery of the first Boomerang armored personnel carriers in 2013, Ground Forces chief Col Gen Alexander Postnikov said on Tuesday.
Large-scale deliveries will start in 2015, eventually replacing the BTR-82A and BTR-80 APCs currently in service, he added.
Postnikov did not provide any details about the new model but, according to some media reports, it will be an amphibious vehicle.
Dmitry Galkin, general director of the Voyenno-Promyshlennaya Kompaniya [Military-Industrial Company], said the new vehicle “will be nothing like any of the modern APCs.”
“We call it ‘a combat wheeled vehicle’ because it will be used as a platform for an APC, infantry fighting vehicle, tank, or self-propelled gun,” he said.