Russia to export latest Bumerang APC and IFV combat vehicles

Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the CIS (Community of Independent States associated with Russia) have already displayed their interest in the Bumerang Combat Vehicle, according to Rosoboronexport.

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The Bumerang is available in two versions: K-16 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) armed with a small unmanned turret featuring a sensor array and a 12.7 mm machine gun, and K-17 IFV fitted with a remotely controlled weapon station armed with a 2A42 30mm automatic cannon, a coaxial 7.62mm machine gun and 4 Kornet-EM antitank missiles (Picture source: Army Recognition)

Russia has started to promote the export of armored vehicles based on the latest Bumerang combat platform, with their sales estimated at about US$1 billion, the press office of Russia’s state arms seller Rosoboronexport reported on Thursday, April 23: "Rosoboronexport (part of Rostec) has started to promote the latest Bumerang standardized combat platform developed and produced by the Military Industrial Company on foreign markets," the press office said in a statement.

As Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheyev said, countries of Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the CIS have already displayed their interest in the Bumerang combat vehicle: "We estimate the export of this platform at about $1 billion in the foreseeable future," the press office quoted the Rosoboronexport chief as saying.

The Boomerang, or Bumerang, is a new development of 8x8 armored vehicle personnel carrier launched by the Russian defense industry to replace the old BTR family used by the Russian armed forces. During the International exhibition of arms and military equipment RAE 2013 in Nizhny Tagil, the project of the vehicle was unveiled for the Prime Minister of Russia. The first prototype of the Bumerang was delivered in 2013. Serial production of the Boomerang is starting in 2020, to replace the BTR-82A and BTR-80 APCs currently in service with the Russian army, with a total of 2,000 vehicles in various configurations. In April 2015, the Boomerang was shown for the first time to the public during the rehearsal of Victory Day military parade in Alabino testing range, near Moscow. There are two variants of the Bumerang vehicle: the K-16 APC and K-17 IFV.

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