CM31 6X6 Armoured Vehicle
The CM31, in development in Taiwan since 1997, was a project for an all-purpose armored carrier suitable for Taiwan. A prototype of a six-wheeled armored vehicle, the CM-31, was completed after a few years, but the project was scrapped because it was unstable while on the move. The military then began a new project in early 2000 for an eight-wheeled vehicle, the CM-32.
The CM31 was to be capable of amphibious operations, and can carry a variety of anti-personnel, anti-aircraft, or anti-armor weapons. Although generally similar in layout and specification to the Cadillac Gage LAV-300 or Belgian SIMBAS light armored vehicles, the CM31 is evidently of indigenous design, and features signature contoured frontal protection.
Under the Army's "Speed Leopard" plan, Taiwan anticipates replacing the U.S.-made M113 and Taiwan-made CM21 over a five to 10 year period with up to 1,000 tanks and armored vehicles. At least six tank makers from Austria, Canada, France, Ireland and the United States have offered to sell their tanks and armored vehicles to Taiwan. Among the offers are Austria's "Pandure," Canada's "Piranha III," the French-made "VAB-NG" and the U.S.-Irish-made LAV-300. The new generation of armored vehicles, which will be wheeled rather than tracked, will be used both by Taiwan's Army and Marine Corps.
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