Platforms Kurganets-25 and Boomerang. Layouts and guesswork

From 2010 to illumine paramilitary environment began to appear frequently discuss promising new armor projects. The impetus for this "waves" were first reported early work on "Kurganets-25" and "Boomerang." No matter what the news, and so to lure to attract attention, but now the new projects have been something huge. First, we should note a new one for the Russian defense industry approach to the design of armored vehicles. Previously, different war machines created on the basis of some armored vehicles or tanks, and now plans to make tracked and wheeled platforms. According to this idea, for the creation of a specific destination machine will not need to seriously alter the design. All power conversion will be considered at the design stage. So Makarov, will be without very much effort to unify the APC, sanitary and command post vehicles, as a number of other armored vehicles.

Until that time, information about new platforms was very modest means and was in a couple of phrases uttered by representatives of the Ministry of Defence and industry. With these statements were known sample properties of future machines. With all of this must be stressed, sometimes referred to as the tangible characteristics changed, though some traced the general direction of development. In late June and last month in the open access has got some fascinating images. The website of the company Modellmix, seeks to build souvenirs (including models of military equipment) have the photos Tipo car models on the basis of "Kurgan-25" and "Boomerang." Soon these photos have been removed from the website, but fans of military equipment had not only save them, and "expose" the wide dissemination. Earlier in the disposal of the public turned out to a number of computer 3D-diagrams, which show the appearance and approximate internal assembly above mentioned machines. These leaks disk imaging has become the first choice in the history of Russian platform, when the public has become known for at least a rough kind of future technology. Of course, started another wave of debate and attempts to find out a bit more than shown in the diagrams and photos.


First of yet mysterious platforms. It is understood that this will be the average, by weight armored vehicles, and their exemplary combat weight in tons reflected in the title of the project — 25000 kg. Reliably known only to that fact and the type of propulsion "Kurgan-25." Immediately, it was announced that this platform will be tracked. Based on this fact, speculation began to emerge about the ability of creation on the platform or the other type of equipment. Of course, the average caterpillar platform can carry on for themselves the equipment for evacuation own "relatives" (ARV variant) may be the basis for the ambulance to the Command and Staff also carry equipment for communication or for other work with the ether — it can be either Signals Intelligence Electronic Warfare. Eventually, whole internal volume can be given under the seats for personnel and make such makarom armored infantry fighting vehicle or. In the latter case, most likely, will have to sacrifice volume for the installation of severe fighting module like "Bahchi." In general, the list of machines on the platform with a fighting weight of about 25 tons is limited only by the needs and abilities of the military industry.

At caught in the web photo layout alleged "Kurganets-25" is made in the form of command-and-staff vehicle (CSV). If the layout is really the embodiment of a plastic project, the platform looks followed properly. The hulls assembled from straight panels can be roughly divided into two parts: the engine-transmission compartment and habitable volume. MTO is placed in the front of the car, with a shift to the right. The engine and the transmission power is transmitted to the tracks with a front drive wheel. A similar assembly that needs to be seen for many years successfully used by Russian infantry fighting vehicles. Not surprisingly — the military from the beginning sought the possibility of landing a door at the rear armored vehicles, and at the wishes of the assembly options are not many. As we see, the engineers 'Kurgan' chose that of them, which allows you to put the jobs of all crew members in one volume, without their diversity, as it were, for example, the German armored TPz 1 Fuchs. So Makar, a driver fighting vehicle is placed in one compartment with a different crew, but for boarding and landing it has its own hatch. The rest of the fighters rely door at the rear of the car. Is noteworthy that the location of 3D-model of "Kurgan-25," the door is attached to the body from the bottom, ie machine is not just a flap to close the opening, but the ramp for landing troops or crew.

On the roof, "lit up" layout crank has two large antenna length, and two much smaller. Such a set of fully understandable in light of the purpose of this class of equipment. In addition, the available picture can get an idea about the internal hardware command and staff vehicle on the basis of "Kurgan-25." Inside the body there are two large tables for comparable motivated equipment, wardrobe accessories, and four seats for the personnel. At the same time, 3D-model Proceed with 5 seats for the crew. Maybe the layout and three-dimensional "image" refers to the various iterations of the project, if not the fruit of 2-different fantasies. Either way, in both cases, the internal volume allows a certain comfort and locate people and equipment.

2nd layout, whose photos were available to the public, is the epitome of a small mobile Fri management and intelligence "Kurganets-Stole-P." On his own general assembly in some measure he recalls crank, c of the difference is that it does not have such number of different antennas and trusses on the roof. Inside the layout for the equipment cabinets are seen more volume and the entire crew of two jobs. Perhaps now all the same flaw affected the volume inside the hulls. Regarding the equipment, which will be equipped with machine control and reconnaissance, or crank, is still anyone's guess. Even after the "Kurganets-25" will be put into mass creation, a certain time, the composition of equipment motivated some time will be hidden.

But the more exciting and challenging version of the "Kurgan-25" looks infantry fighting vehicle based on it. Most likely, this BMP will be equipped with combat module "Bakhcha" developed in Tula KBP. It is entirely possible that the Tula engineers already in full swing and make a new set of weapons for light and medium armor, but at the current time brought only one module. Accordingly, "Bakhcha" is so far the only candidate for the "position" of the combat equipment BMP promising. This version states that the fact that the chairman of the board of directors of "Kurgan" A. Tanks in May, has promised to complete the preparation of the project and the construction of the layout by the end of 2012. Most likely, in December, we will get the first photos of the newest standard of the most experienced battle and infantry. Then it will be possible to make the first conclusions on the current speculation.

Command and staff machine on the basis of "Kurganets-25:

Point control and reconnaissance (PUR) "Stole-P" on the basis of "Kurganets-25":


All that autumn of 2010, it became clear to start developing another high platform, now the wheel. Family car "Boomerang" would have to have 8×8 and a combat weight of about 20 tons. As in the case of the "Kurgan-25" wheeled platform must have the doors for the crew in the back of a sufficient amount of inhabitable and the ability to ensure the functioning of the various systems that need a particular machine. Totality of claims ultimately led design team "Military-Industrial Company" to a unique solution. In view of the need to place the door in the rear of the vehicle, the engine was moved from the rear of the front and middle. Under the engine and mechanisms boxes set aside "box" of great size. At the same time, judging by the photos layout "Boomerang", he is not the entire width of the machine, but only part of it. Between the left wall of the housing and the MTO is a small prolazit. Argues that through him a driver armored vehicles will be able to leave the place in case of failure to do so, through its hatch.

Practically speaking, such an original and non-standard solution for the Russian defense industry and has become the "cornerstone" of the project. Because of him, placing the motor in the front right part of the body pulls a lot of questions. For example, among lovers of military equipment at the moment, there are active debates on the subject of summing up the power to all wheels. Of course, the new location will allow the MTO just do not use an old operating time. In addition, the prerequisite question or hesitation is quite a large amount of the engine compartment. This design feature from time to time is perceived as the basis for the version of the placement of any additional units, for example, an electric generator. In the case of vehicles which should be equipped huge amount of electronics, a generator will not be exact superfluous. Finally, another reason for the dispute are two jet. At the rear of the layout correctly viewed the two pipes with screws inside. As power is applied to them — is not clear.

It should be noted that the specific assembly innards "Boomerang" can not fail to affect the ergonomics of the habitable volume. The photo layout crank on the wheel chassis you can see the approximate proportions in fact indicative of the size and seats for the personnel. If configured to have armored seats for the landing on the sides, the troop compartment will fit 8-10 seats. For boarding and leaving the car, regardless of configuration, a hinge carriage (down) lip large size sheet placed on the stern armor. Curiously, on the ramp door can be seen quite clearly the smallest size, which opens to the right (with the outside gaze). The driver, in turn, has a flap over their workplace.

As in the case of the "Kurgan-25" layouts "Boomerang" was made in 2-versions command post vehicle and a set of electronic surveillance and oppression. Assembling the habitable volume in the crank case, the layout is similar to the placement of jobs and equipment respective versions of "Kurgan-25." Perhaps there is any difference, but the existing photo department both look very, very similar. In addition, the roof crank "Boomerang" has four antennas, two of which are larger than others. Of course, the development of 2-crank to the task objective was to enter into the body of armored vehicles the same communications equipment and control: specifically, it is possible to explain the enormous degree of similarity interiors.

At the base of all models are plaques with the description. Specifically, these details and have allowed comparable rapidly and accurately set an appointment machines that became models for the models. The quality of photographs leaves much to be desired, but the second model of "Boomerang" was also recognized. This is said to mobile complex electronic intelligence and electronic warfare "Boomerang-infauna." From the first crank this machine is distinguished by its external appearance. Instead telescopic antenna this complex has a special emitter unique designs. In the working position the antenna complex "infauna" rises to the sliding rod. Of course, this site does not in any way have the ability to change their shape and size. Because in the stowed position, the antenna is located inside an octagonal structure on the roof of an armored car. This particular panel is an appropriate feature of the machine "Boomerang-infauna." As for motivated equipment, then, as before, his placement is very very reminiscent car "Kurganets-Stole-P."

The machine is a functional complex of electronic warfare "infauna" based on the "Boomerang":

Command post vehicle based on the "Boomerang":

Machinery and deadlines

As we see, even at this stage project looks completely mature and well established. Of course, "Kurganets-25" and "boomerang" at the present time have their shortcomings. Yet, to have tests to identify them, and to fix — time for fine-tuning. So it is completely possible that at the time of the first prototypes ready project documentation will be deprived of the vast majority of problems and shortcomings. If all the photos and 3D-models have anything to do with real projects, then where is the huge question is how exactly the designers were able to put together all of the requirements of the military. First, the issues causing front-engine and box. The fact that the use of a similar assembly shifts the center of mass of the machine forward. For purely land art, this is not critical, but may have difficulty swimming to the stability of the motion on the water. As for the logistics, "Boomerang", then all looks even more difficult: the engine of this car not only placed in front, and very moved relative to the longitudinal axis. If a closer look at the design of the photographed models, then without much difficulty you can find a few problems of varying degrees of difficulty.

Since the first announcement of the program "Kurganets-25" and "Boomerang" is actually the timing of their implementation have not been corrected. Seaso
ned standards as previously planned to send to the first tests of the next year. Next couple of years will be used for finishing machines and prepare for mass production. The military wants to get the first car-based platforms "Boomerang" and "Kurganets-25" in the same year 2013. Full compliance with these terms may only be in this case, if the designers "Kurgan" and the "military-industrial company" is not only unaware of the drawbacks of selected decisions, and have coped with them. Either way, read with great precision on the prospects of the projects will be entirely at the end of this year, when both organizations will graduate from the assembly of prototypes.

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