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Taiwan reveals off newest home-made armoured automobile

JIJI, June 16 — Taiwan’s navy confirmed off its newest domestically produced armoured automobile on Thursday, the CM-34 Clouded Leopard, at a distant manufacturing website within the mountains of the central a part of the island.

Taiwan has been eager to display its resolve to defend itself ought to China, which claims the democratically ruled island as its personal territory, ever assault. These fears have grow to be extra pronounced over the previous two years or in order Beijing steps up navy actions close to Taiwan.

Whereas Taiwan depends on the US for a lot of of its weapons, like fighter jets, President Tsai Ing-wen has been pushing for a higher emphasis on Taiwanese-designed and made armaments, essentially the most excessive profile of which is new submarines.

The eight-wheeled CM-34, which entered service in 2019, is armed with the Mk44 Bushmaster 30mm chain gun, made by Northrop Grumman NOC.N and with an efficient firing vary of three km (1.9 miles). It’s designed to be extremely cellular, working in all weathers.

Facility chief Wang Wen-hung instructed reporters the plant in Jiji can produce six automobiles a month, and it has already delivered 173 of them to the navy out of a complete order for 305.

It’s named after Taiwan’s clouded leopard. Although now believed to be extinct, the animal is revered by a few of Taiwan’s indigenous individuals who think about it sacred.

The event of the automobile has not been with out issues.

Final yr, a number of senior executives from provider corporations had been jailed for fraud over procuring substandard elements, together with some from China, for an earlier mannequin, the CM-32.

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