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Yunpao FSV

105-mm fire support vehicle

Yunpao FSV

In terms firepower this vehicle outperforms medium tanks it was designed to replace

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew ~ 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 26 t
Length (gun forward) ~ 8 m
Hull length ~ 6.35 m
Width ~ 2.7 m
Height ~ 3 m
Armament
Main gun 105-mm
Barrel length ?
Maximum range of fire ?
Rate of fire ?
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm, 1 x 12.7-mm
Elevation range ?
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun ?
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine Caterpillar C12 diesel
Engine power 410 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 110 km/h
Range ~ 800 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 1 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording ~1.2 m

 

   This fire support vehicle was developed a couple of years ago in Taiwan. Its official designation is unknown. It was developed in response to Taiwanese military reform plan to cut troop number but increase their mobility and firepower. The new fire support vehicle is intended to replace hundreds of ageing M-41 and M48H medium tanks. However It seems that this vehicle is not produced in quantity.

   This fire support vehicle is based on CM-32 Yunpao 8x8 armored personnel carrier. Taiwan MoD preferred mobility, so a wheeled vehicle was selected. Also wheeled vehicles are cheaper to produce and maintain than tracked ones.

   The Yunpao FSV is armed with a 105-mm gun. It seems that this gun is loaded manually. This gun is compatible with all standard NATO ammunition. In terms of firepower it outperforms medium tanks it was designed to replace.

   There is coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun and roof-mounted 12.7-mm machine gun.

   Vehicle has a welded steel armor hull and turret. Its armor protects the crew against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds. Front arc withstands 12.7-mm armor-piercing rounds. Add-on modular armor can be fitted for a higher level of protection.

This fire support vehicle has a V-shaped hull and is well protected against landmines. It withstands explosion under any wheel, equivalent to 12 kg of TNT. This vehicle is also fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

   Engine of this fire support vehicle is located at the front. The APC version is powered by a Caterpillar C12 diesel, developing 410 hp. It is likely that fire support version uses the same engine. Vehicle has a full-time all wheel drive and is fitted with a central tyre pressure system. Some sources claim that original CM-32 armored personnel carrier is amphibious. However it is most likely that fire support vehicle lost its amphibious capabilities due to increased weight.

 

 
Yunpao FSV

Yunpao FSV

Yunpao FSV

Yunpao FSV

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