Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has ordered 285 30 mm Mk44 Bushmaster II automatic cannons from the US-based company Orbital ATK.
The MND announced the USD112 million contract on 29 September and said the cannons will be installed on an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) variant of the CM-32 Cloud Leopard 8x8 armoured vehicle.
No delivery date for the cannons has been announced.
Mass production of the new CM-32 variant will begin by the end of this year, with the MND saying that the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) will be responsible for designing the cannon-mounted turrets for the IFVs.
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