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--- Quote ---Taiwan readies CM-34 IFV for delivery
20 August 2019

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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The stabilised two-person turret is armed with an Orbital ATK Mk44 30 mm main gun, which is supported by day- and night-capable sights and environmental sensors for improved accuracy at longer ranges. Source: IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong


--- Quote ---26 August 2020
Taiwan orders 21 additional CM-34 infantry fighting vehicles

The MND revealed on 16 April that the RoCA had already used the 8×8 IFV, which is also known as the ‘Taiwan Infantry Fighting Vehicle’, in training manoeuvres, while pointing out that the primary target of the platform will be wheeled vehicles and fortified bunkers.

The 24-tonne CM-34 is the IFV variant of the locally developed CM-32 ‘Cloud Leopard’ family of armoured vehicles.

The CM-34 is armed with a stabilised Orbital ATK Mk 44 Bushmaster II 30 mm dual-feed cannon and a coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun. Six smoke-grenade launchers are fitted to either side of the turret, which offers protection against 12.7 mm heavy machine gun fire.
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A screengrab from NCSIST footage showing two CM-34 IFVs during Taiwan’s annual ‘Han Kuang’ military exercises. The MND in Taipei revealed on 25 August that it has ordered 21 more of these IFVs. (National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST))


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