MOSCOW, August 24. (ARMS-TASS). Taiwan's Defense Ministry announced that it will continue to manufacture armored CM-32 "Kloud Leopard" ( "UNPA") with the wheel formula 8x8, despite reports of Taiwan media that the command of the Marine Corps has expressed dissatisfaction with the island country's possibilities of this APC.
Development of APC began in 2002, the first prototype was demonstrated in January 2005. However, from October 2007 to mid-2008. Work was temporarily suspended. Reported on excess weight armored vehicles, problems with the gearbox and the characteristics of amphibious armored vehicles.
However, the spokesman MO, currently limited production of BTR CM-32 "Kloud Leopard goes according to schedule. Polnoseriynoe production of armored vehicles is scheduled to begin in late 2010. Particular attention is paid to refining the device for use by Marine Corps, which is installed on the tower of additional weapons systems.
As previously reported, APC developed a joint center for arms ORDC (Combined Logistics Ordnance Research and Development Centre) in conjunction with the center of production materials, the Bureau of Weapons, Scientific and Technological Institute of Chung Shan ", Engineering Research Laboratory, Research Institute of Industrial Technology and the State Corporation "Aerospace Industrial DEVELOPMENT" based on the prototype CM-31 with the wheel formula 6x6. Combat weight armored vehicles is about 22 tons, length - 7,4 m, width - 2,7 m. The APC is equipped with a diesel engine C9 "Caterpillar 450 hp, automatic transmission HD4560P" Allison ", allowing a maximum speed of 100 km / h, range - 800 km. The first prototypes were equipped with a double tower with 25-mm gun M242 "Bushmaster" and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. The machine is equipped with extra armor mounted with an angle of inclination of 60 degrees ahead., On the sides - 30 deg.
Expected to produce up to 1400 cars in various configurations. The total cost of the acquisition program BTR "Kloud Leopard is estimated at 1.05 billion dollars. New armored intended to replace the 700 operated by the outdated light tanks M41.
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