August 26, 2020
through Samuel Cranny-Evans
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) revealed on August 25 that it had ordered an additional 21 CM-34 wheeled infantry fighting vehicles to add to the 284 already procured for the Republic of China Army. China (RoCA).
Screen capture from NCSIST footage showing two CM-34 IFVs during Taiwan’s annual “Han Kuang” military exercises. The Taipei MND revealed on August 25 that it had ordered another 21 of these IFVs. (National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST))
Major General Yu Yu-tang, director of the Armaments Bureau, said the additional IFVs would be assigned to the RoCA Military Police Command to help build its capabilities.
He also said mass production of the 305 vehicles should be completed by 2023, pointing out that 32 units were handed over to RoCA last year. Production of at least 54 more units should be completed by the end of this year, he added.
The MND revealed on April 16 that the RoCA had previously used the 8×8 IFV, also known as the “Taiwan Infantry Fighting Vehicle”, in training maneuvers, while stressing that the main target of the platform- form will be wheeled vehicles and fortified bunkers.
The 24-ton CM-34 is the IFV variant of the locally developed CM-32 “Cloud Leopard” family of armored vehicles.
The CM-34 is armed with a stabilized Orbital ATK Mk 44 Bushmaster II 30mm dual-feed cannon and a coaxial 7.62mm machine gun. Six smoke grenade launchers are mounted on either side of the turret, which provides protection against 12.7mm heavy machine gun fire.
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The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense (MND) revealed on August 25 that it had ordered a …