The Argentine Army has unveiled a prototype for its TAM medium tank modernisation programme, for which it is working with Israel Military Industries (IMI), Elbit, and Tadiran.
An initial prototype, TAM 2C, was unveiled in March 2013. In 2015, after a proposal by IMI and Elbit, a second prototype called TAM 2IP was developed that added armour to increase the tank's protection (and giving it an appearance similar to that of a small Merkava tank).
The new armour, based on IMI's Iron Wall design, could be added to any TAM tanks, modernised or not, without any modification and includes extra protection for the turret on all sides, as well as the sides and front of the chassis.
The prototype was displayed for the first time during the Argentine Army Day celebrations on 29 May, and the army said it is now starting tests.
The current installation is to check fittings and the tank's basic performance with the extra armour, and more tests will be conducted throughout the year to determine the extra weight's impact on suspension and performance, as well as the level of protection it provides.
Army officials declined to provide information regarding the weight and capabilities expected of the extra armour.
Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight content, please enquire about our subscription options ihs.com/contact