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Taiwan’s Cloud Leopard II M2 & variants
« on: October 30, 2018, 09:53:42 AM »
Taiwan to start mass production of Clouded Leopard IFV variant | Army Recognition - 29 October 2018 16:11
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Thanks to these achievements, the army has initiated mass production of the vehicle — a variant of the CM-32 Clouded Leopard — equipped with a 30mm chain gun, he said. A total of 284 vehicles are expected to be made in the coming years, Fang said, without elaborating. A military official said that Taiwan has ordered Orbital ATK 30mm Mk.44 Bushmaster II cannons to be mounted on the armored vehicle.

Compared with the 378 CM-32s currently in service that are armed with 40mm automatic grenade launchers, the 30mm cannon offers better anti-tank capabilities and precision firing of several rounds in rapid succession, the source said on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to comment on the issue publicly.


CM-32 IFV (Picture source: army Recognition)
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Re: Taiwan’s Cloud Leopard II M2 & variants
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2019, 02:51:59 AM »
https://www.janes.com/article/90539/taiwan-s-cloud-leopard-ii-m2-prototype-breaks-cover

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Taiwan’s Cloud Leopard II M2 prototype breaks cover
20 August 2019

The M2 prototype is the second of two Cloud Leopard II development testbeds built by the 209th Arsenal at the MND Armament Bureau's Materiel Production Centre (MPC) in partnership with the Hsinchu-based Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). Both vehicles have been in trials since 2017, with operational testing expected to conclude at the end of 2019 and serial production to commence thereafter should an order be placed by the MND.

Specifications provided to Jane's by the 209th Arsenal on 17 August reveal that the Cloud Leopard II M2 prototype vehicle currently has a combat weight of 24 and is approximately 7.6 m long, 3 m wide, and 2.4 m high.

It is also equipped with a comparable powerpack with the in-service CM-32/33 Cloud Leopard armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and the forthcoming CM-34 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) for the Republic of China Army (RoCA), comprising a Caterpillar C9 diesel engine coupled to an Allison HD4560P automatic transmission, although engine output has been increased from 410hp to 450hp.

A major modification carried over from the M1 prototype unveiled at the 2017 edition of TADTE is a new hydropneumatic suspension system, which replaces the double wishbone suspension of the current Cloud Leopard APCs. It is understood that the latter configuration had drawn criticism from RoCA users about its ride quality and responsiveness.


The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense’s Materiel Production Centre unveiled the second prototype of its next-generation Cloud Leopard II 8×8 armoured vehicle development at TADTE 2019. Source: IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong