Kang Tao is a Taiwanese/Chinese weapons manufacturer in Cyberpunk 2020[1] and 2077.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Taiwan became a manufacturing haven in the late 2000s, after the country declared independence with the help of Japan and Arasaka. Kang Tao became an industry giant among the Taiwan companies. However unlike the rest it kept its independence by not selling out to the Japanese business. Kang Tao manufactured weapons that were distributed through Asia and made it's way to the US.[1]

In 2077, Kang Tao is one of the newer corporations operating today. Despite this, this Chinese-based company is making it's way to the top tier at a tremendous pace thanks to bold choices, courageous strategy, and government backing.[2] The corporation is mainly known for their firearms, especially their newest generation of so-called "smart-guns" weapons that employ gyrojet technology to fire caseless guided ammunition, but they're also becoming players in the mercenary and security markets.

History[edit | edit source]

The past 50 years of war and unrest left many Asian countries crippled and deeply scarred. China was no exception as it recovered from internal turmoil, but its years of rebuilding and recovery were also a time of great opportunity. One such opportunity laid the foundation for the Kang Tao corporation, when in the late 2040s a retired Chinese army colonel named Shiming Xu was appointed to manage an obsolete and collapsing defense company that was being kept afloat by government subsidies. After four years under Colonel Xu's direction, the modernized and debt-free firm (renamed Kang Tao) officially debuted on the market in 2050 with their A-22B Chao "smart" pistol.

Thanks to the company's alleged government connections, the corporation invested heavily in modern research facilities, rapidly expanding the "smart weapons" market. Over the following two decades, Kang Tao left old rivals like Nokota and Techtronica far behind, now competing successfully with major players like Arasaka and Tsunami Defense Systems. In the last five years, the company has tripled its stock value and is now one of the biggest arms manufacturers and emerging leaders of weapon exports in the Far East.[3]

Controversies[edit | edit source]

The recent explosion of a Kang Tao refinery in Hangzhou resulted in a chemical leak that killed over 50,000 people. Official accounts have cleared the company of any negligence, but many individuals still blame them for the incident.[3]

Notable Employees[edit | edit source]

Main article: List of Kang Tao employees

Products Line-Up 2077[edit | edit source]

Kang Tao weapons are cutting edge technology dealing in smart tracking bullets. This list provides all products available to V in Cyberpunk 2077.

Type Products
Guns G-58 Dian, Type 41, L-69 Zhuo

Products Line-Up 2020[edit | edit source]

Kang Tao is a small weapons manufacturing company from Taiwan that focus on developing cheap well built handguns.

Type Products
Guns Kang Tao Type 97, Polymer One-Shot Cannon

 Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Kang Tao company slogan 智能电子解决方案 translates to "Intelligent electronic solutions" in mandarin.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 PASQUARETTE, C. "Pacific Rim Sourcebook". 1st ed. Berkeley CA: R. Talsorian Games, 1994 (pg.80)
  2. Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter
  3. 3.0 3.1 BATYLDA, M. The World of Cyberpunk 2077. 1st ed. Milwaukie, OR; Dark Horse Comics, 2020

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