The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense's (MND's) Materiel Production Center (MPC) is set to deliver the first tranche of 32 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) variants of the 8x8 Yunpao (Cloud Leopard) armoured vehicle family to the Republic of China Army (RoCA) at the end of 2019, officials told Jane's during the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE) held from 15-17 August.
Up to 284 CM-34 IFVs (IFVs), as the type is officially known, will be acquired by the MND.
The vehicle is derived from the common 6.35 m long, 2.7 m wide, and 2.2 m high welded steel hull also used by the in-service CM-32 and CM-33 Cloud Leopard armoured personnel carriers (APCs), although the CM-34 has a combat weight of 24 tonnes as opposed to the 22 tonnes of the earlier variants.
The vehicle is equipped with a powerpack comprising a Caterpillar C9 diesel engine coupled to an Allison HD4560P automatic transmission, although engine output has been increased from 410hp to 450hp to compensate for the additional weight.
Its most distinguishing feature is the protected two-person turret armed with an electro mechanically stabilised Orbital ATK Mk 44 Bushmaster II 30 mm dual-feed autocannon, which is provided with 420 rounds of ready-to-fire ammunition - such as armour piercing (AP), high-explosive incendiary (HE-I), or target practice (TP) - with secondary armament comprising a 7.62 mm co-axial gun and roof-mounted T74 7.62 mm general purpose machine gun. Six electrically operated smoke grenade launchers are also fitted to either side of the turret and aimed towards the front.
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