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Greenlight for production of Taiwan’s improved Cloud Leopard

4th April 2024 - 18:01 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London


The Cloud Leopard II weighs 24 tonnes. (Photo: Taiwan Military News Agency)

A total of 15 modifications and upgrades will be made to the original Cloud Leopard platform to enhance its combat performance based on feedback from military operators.

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has submitted a report to the nation’s lawmakers stating that the next generation Cloud Leopard II APC/IFV was cleared for production after testing and evaluation of prototypes.

Local media stated that the report noted the vehicle had passed initial combat readiness testing in October 2023, clearing the path for the vehicle to enter mass production.

Combat readiness testing will be the final part of five stages of evaluation which has included an initial conceptual design stage, an engineering development stage and initial weapon testing. The report does not note when production will begin.

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Damian Kemp


Damian Kemp

Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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