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Gun barrel snaps off tank, Army suspends use of CM-11s

2016/08/31 17:11:11

(Photo courtesy of the Army)

Taipei, Aug. 31 (CNA) Taiwan's Army has suspended the use of all of its CM-11 tanks to fire shots after the gun barrel of one of them broke off from the tank during a live-fire test at a training base in northern Taiwan on Wednesday.

The incident occurred when the gun barrel cracked and then snapped at a point just behind its fume extractor after the CM-11 involved fired a second shot during a test by the 542nd Armor Brigade of the 6th Army Corps at a base in Hukou in Hsinchu County, the Army said.

Nobody was injured during the incident, according to the Army, which is looking into what caused the gun barrel's failure.

The Army Command Headquarters has ordered all CM-11 model armored vehicles to stop firing shots pending an investigation into the incident, the 6th Army Corps said.

The tank was more than 20 years old, a military source confirmed.

It was the second incident this month involving a CM-11 tank.

On Aug. 16, a CM-11 tank fell into a surging river in Pingtung County after a training exercise, leading to the death of four soldiers.

(By Claudia Liu and Elizabeth Hsu)