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CM-11 Brave Tiger
M-48H Patton
ROCA CM-11 in Hukou Camp after Exercise 20111105a.jpg
ROCA CM-11 in Hukou Camp after Exercise
Type Main Battle Tank
Place of origin Taiwan (Republic of China)
Service history
In service 1990-present
Production history
Designer Republic of China Armored Vehicle Development Center
Designed 1984
Manufacturer Republic of China Armored Vehicle Development Center
Number built 450
Specifications
Weight 50 tonnes (55 short tons; 49 long tons)
Length 6.95 meters (22 ft 10 in) (hull)
9.30 meters (30 ft 6 in) (cannon forward)
Width 3.63 meters (11 ft 11 in)
Height 3.09 meters (10 ft 2 in)
Crew 4

Primary
armament
105 mm (4.1 in) M68 gun
Secondary
armament
.50 BMG (12.7×99mm) M2 Browning

7.62×51mm NATO M240 machine gun

Engine Continental AVDS-1790-2C air-cooled Twin-turbo diesel engine
750 hp (560 kW)
Power/weight 15 hp/t
Suspension Torsion bar suspension
Operational
range
480 kilometers (300 mi)
Speed 48 km/h

The CM-11 Brave Tiger (勇虎式戰車) is a Main Battle Tank (MBT) that was developed by the American General Dynamics and the Republic of China Army (ROCA) Armored Vehicle Development Center[1] It was introduced to the public on 14 April 1990. Being a variant of the M48 Patton, it is also known as the M48H Main Battle Tank.

Development History[edit | edit source]

The Republic of China established the Armored Vehicle Development Center in 1980, and was tasked to develop military armored vehicles, and had cooperated with General Dynamics to develop the CM-11.[2] The development of the tank has two main purposes, first was to avoid the limitations set by the US-PRC Joint Communique (17 August Communique), and second was to allow the ROCA to acquire Second Generation MBTs.

The CM-11 is a hybrid tank using the M48A3 turret with the M60A3 tank hull, combined with the new M1 tank's Fire-Control System (FCS). The United States designated it as M48H, where the "H" means Hybrid, and the Republic of China designated CM-11 and named it Brave Tiger.

Design[edit | edit source]

In 1988, two prototype CM-11 was finished, and was ordered to build 450 CM-11. The M60A3 hull was procured from the United States in 1987, and the M48A3 turret and the M68A1 105mm main cannon was produced by the Army Ordnance Maintenance and Development Center. The Commander's turret was procured from Israel with a M2 Browning 12.7 mm machine gun, the loader operates a M240 7.62 mm machine gun, the coaxial machine gun is also a M240. Both sides of the turret has mounted one M239 Smoke Grenade Launcher, like the M60A3 tank.

Advantages[edit | edit source]

The greatest features and advantages of the CM-11 is it has the same level of digital/ analogy hybrid ballistic calculator as the M1A1 Abrams MBT; it has a two-dimensional sighting and gun stabilization system, more complete than the M60A3's one-dimensional stabilizing device; combining the AN/VSG-2 Thermal imager, AN/VVS-2 Image Intensifier, AN/GVS-5 Nd-YAG Laser rangefinder, allowing the CM-11 to have Fire-on-the Move and Night Combat capabilities, it also have the highest probability of first round hit compare to all ROCA tanks.

Disadvantages[edit | edit source]

Disadvantages of the CM-11 is its outdated design and armor. The China's Type 96G and Type 99 both armed with 125 mm main cannon, and the CM-11 could not offer significant protection from 125 mm APFSDS and HEAT shots.

The ROCA knew this disadvantage very early, and tried to introduce the French GIAT Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA), but the additional ERA installations caused excessive stress on the torsion bars, so plans to install ERA on the tank was put on hold until a solution is found. Its engine is rather old with lower horsepower.

During the Spring Festival in 2012, the ROCA's 542 Armor Brigade of the 6th Army Corps initiated their combat readiness drill, and shown a CM-11 installed with the ERA for the first time. Developed by CSIST, angling was applied to the ERA design to increase deflection probability of incoming shots and reduce the probability of penetrating the hull which may cause damage to the tank's internal modules and wounding the crew inside.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Armored Vehicle Development Center is later called Army Ordnance Maintenance and Development Center, or OMDC for short.
  2. Global Defense Magazine Vol. 70, June 1990

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