The Russians wanted to present the capabilities of the K-17 “Boomerang” infantry fighting vehicle at the military forum “Armija-2022”. During the presentation, however, the vehicle missed the target twice with its missiles. The footage of the unfortunate show went online.
The newest Russian K-17 wheeled infantry fighting vehicle used laser-guided anti-tank missiles during the demonstration 9M133 Kornet. Considering that the last demonstration of this machine took place at a trade fair presenting the achievements of the national defense industry, the video became a joke on the web.
The Russian K-17 misses the target
The “Boomerang” K-17 is an 8×8 combat vehicle. The vehicle was developed by the Russian company WPK (Wojenno-Promyszlejnnaja Kompanija). It was first presented to the public during the 2015 parade (it was also shown at a military exhibition two years earlier). The Arzamaska Machine Factory is responsible for the production of K-17.
The K-17 can travel at speeds of up to 100 km / h. The machine is operated by a crew of three (commander, gunner and driver) and can transport up to eight soldiers. The design is ultimately intended to replace aging vehicles BTR.
The K-17 is designed to combat mobile and stationary ground targets, low-flying aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles. The machine is 8.8 m long, 3.18 m wide and has a combat weight of 28.6 tons.
The K-17 is equipped with a remotely controlled station armed with a 30mm 2A42 automatic cannon, a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and four Kornet-D anti-tank missiles. The maximum range of the missiles is 10,000. m.
Among the advantages of the car, the Russians ignore, among others a modern digital targeting system, which is to ensure high precision during an attack. The last demonstration of the K-17 may, however, raise doubts as to the actual effectiveness of this weapon. It should be added that an armored personnel carrier, designated K-16, was also developed on the basis of the “Boomerang” platform.
Adam Gaafar, journalist for Wirtualna Polska