Taiwan military police to get CM-34 8x8 armored vehicles

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense on August 25 said it is placing an additional order of 21 CM-34 "Clouded Leopard" eight-wheeled armored vehicles, to be deployed to the country's Military Police Command, Chen Chun-hua and Ko Lin report on Focus Taiwan.
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CM-34 8x8 wheeled armored vehicle. (Picture source Internet)

The new order comes on top of 284 units already ordered for the nation's military, said Yu Yu-tang of the Armaments Bureau, which developed the Clouded Leopard and is an affiliated authority of the MoD. Mass production of the 284 vehicles, which began in 2019, is expected to be completed by 2023. 32 were delivered in 2019, of which 6 have so far entered service.

The CM-34 is armed with the Orbital ATK 30mm Mk44 Bushmaster II cannon, which has an effective firing range of over 2,000 meters. It also comes with a forward looking infrared sensor, a low-light television camera and a laser rangefinder, according to the ministry. Roughly 88% of the vehicle parts are sourced and produced in Taiwan, except for the engine, the MK44 cannon, transmission and toxic gas detection system, which need to be procured from overseas.