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Argentina Once Produced TAM Tanks Based On the Marder, Now the Country Wants to Modernize These Vehicle

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Argentina Once Produced TAM Tanks Based On the Marder, Now the Country Wants to Modernize These Vehicle

As a result of the modernization, the Argentine military hopes to get a vehicle better than the Leopard 2A4

In the next 5 years, with the participation of the Israeli Elbit System Argentina wants to modernize 70 TAM medium tanks and 30 more afterwards.

The work will be carried out at a local plant. As a result, Argentina hopes to get the "most advanced tank" in the region, which will surpass even the Leopard 2A4 tanks that are in service with the Chilean army, Infodefensa reports.

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Argentine tank TAM / Illustrative photo from open sources

According to The Military Balance 2022, the Argentine army has at its disposal 225 TAM tanks, distributed among 6 tank regiments. The TAM was designed on the chassis of the Marder IFV, the production was carried out by the German company Thyssen-Henschel, and the production took place at the Argentine enterprise TAMSE, which closed in 1995.

Argentina's military say they don’t expect a repeat of World War II-style tank battles, but they want to make tanks more sophisticated to act as a kind of deterrence factor.

Argentina Once Produced TAM Tanks Based On the Marder, Now the Country Wants to Modernize These Vehicle, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Argentine tank TAM / Illustrative photo from open sources

The main emphasis will be conducted on updating the on-board equipment of tanks. In particular, the Argentine TAM has a defense system against enemy UAVs, which will consist of a radar and a combat module for shooting at drones. The fire control system will allow to track two targets at once.

Argentina Once Produced TAM Tanks Based On the Marder, Now the Country Wants to Modernize These Vehicle, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Argentine tank TAM / Illustrative photo from open sources

Argentina plans to carry out work on the modernization of their tanks at a rate of at least 10-12 vehicles per year. The main contractor will be the Argentine company IMPSA, which manufactured bearings for the TAM during the series production of these tanks.

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