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The Tanque Argentino Mediano (shortened to TAM, English translated as: Argentine Medium Tank) is a rank VI German light tanks with a battle rating of 8.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.81 "The Valkyries".
It's arguably the best BR 8.7 tank that Germany has to offer, with slightly better mobility than the A1A1 and the ability to scout. The minimal armour and hullbreak detract from it though. Similar to the A1A1, it shares a horrible stock grind against the hordes of new 8.7 premiums, but holds its own very nicely once APFSDS is unlocked.
Survivability and armour
The armour is composed of welded steel, providing protection up to 32 mm.
The front can defend against 12.7 mm machine gun ammo, but the side armour is only proof against standard machine guns of 7.62 mm. However, most enemies that can be faced will usually have a 12.7 mm machine gun or larger in their possession, making it so even a burst of bullets could riddle the TAM with holes. With this in mind, take caution when flanking a tank with a disabled gun to get a side shot, as you can easily lose a few crew members to machine gunfire. This becomes less of an issue after unlocking the APFSDS round when side shots are rarely as necessary.
The TAM also is hull-breakable, and so rounds that hit have a chance of instantly destroying the vehicle.
- Rolled Homogeneous Armor
- Cast Homogeneous Armor - Gunner's Optics Port (Turret Roof)
- Structural Steel - Fenders
- Structural Steel of Chassis - Suspension
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull||11 mm - 32 mm (77°) Upper Glacis
32 mm (29° - 60°) Lower Glacis
|15 mm||11 mm||5 mm - 32 mm|
|Turret||30 mm - 50 mm (6° - 35°) Turret front
30 mm (51° - 63°) Mantlet Front
25 mm (7° - 10°) Mantlet Sides
|25 mm Crew Compartment
15 mm Bustle
|15 mm||11 mm - 30 mm|
|Cupola||35 mm||11 mm|
- Main Gun - 25 mm
- Machine Guns - 5 mm
- Tracks and Suspension - 20 mm
- Fenders - 4 mm
- There is a 25 mm ring around the gun where it meets the mantlet.
- The mantlet covers most of the turret front
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
The mobility is not bad, with a max of 75 km/h (RB) on the road in forward and -50 km/h in reverse. Off-road mobility is quite average, especially on flat terrain, but there is a poor steering response. The TAM is powered by a MTU (Motoren- und Turbinen-Union Friedrichshafen GmbH) MB 833 Ka-500 520 kW (720 hp) that produces a good 720 hp at 2,400 rpm.
|105 mm FMK.4 Modelo 1L|
|Turret rotation speed (°/s)|
|Mode||Stock||Upgraded||Prior + Full crew||Prior + Expert qualif.||Prior + Ace qualif.|
|Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Stock||Prior + Full crew||Prior + Expert qualif.||Prior + Ace qualif.|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack|
|Ammunition|| Type of
Mass in kg
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass in g
| Normalization At 30°
Mass in kg
| Screen radius
| Screen time
| Screen hold time
| Explosive Mass in g|
The TAM is equipped with two machine guns with a total of 4,000 rounds.
|7.62 mm FN MAG 60-40|
|Capacity (Belt capacity)|| Fire rate
| Horizontal |
|Capacity (Belt capacity)|| Fire rate
| Horizontal |
Usage in battles
The TAM could be played as an assassin, scout, or as a support vehicle on the battlefield. This variety of role is capable due to the powerful 105 mm cannon with an ammunition variety akin to the Leopard A1A1, at the same time the thin armour prohibits any head-on combat which encourages fighting behind the front lines or from the flanks. Keep an eye out as an enemy that can be faced will be able to destroy the TAM if they so much as get a bead on with their armaments.
The best way to use the TAM is to exploit the scouting ability to mark enemies on the map, then call in friendlies to do the heavy fighting against them. While the team keeps the enemy busy, take pot shots with the 105 mm to also pick off the enemy as their attention is diverted from the TAM.
|I||Tracks||Parts||Horizontal Drive||Laser rangefinder||DM502|
|II||Suspension||Brake System||FPE||Adjustment of Fire||Airstrike||DM12|
|III||Filters||Crew Replenishment||Elevation Mechanism||M416||NVD|
|IV||Transmission||Engine||Smoke grenade||Artillery Support||Improved optics||DM23|
After Parts and FPE, the most important modules are the DM23 shell and the NVD upgrade. After that, the focus should be on the Laser rangefinder or mobility upgrades, depending on personal preference.
Pros and cons
- Good firepower for such a light vehicle
- Very accurate gun, lands rounds with pinpoint accuracy
- Faster and more manoeuvrable than the Begleitpanzer 57
- Wide variety of ammo - APFSDS, APDS, HEAT-FS, HESH, and smoke shells
- Unlike other tanks, the gun doesn't bounce at high speed - very good stabilizator
- Commander's machine gun has a very high elevation limit, letting you shoot at planes and helicopters passing by
- Little armour sometimes lets you survive AP shots as they pass through the tank without dealing much damage
- Absurdly fast traverse and elevation rates
- Turret is on the back, by reversing out of cover, you don't expose the whole vehicle
- First ammo rack has more than enough shells for a battle
- Cheap repair cost
- Very thin armour providing little to no protection
- Ammunition price is quite high (APFSDS shells are 600 Silver Lions each), each round fired from the TAM is much more expensive than the same shell from a Leopard A1A1
- Impossible to depress the gun when facing backwards
- Turret is on the back, in some situations, you will have to expose the whole tank to shoot, especially if you need gun depression (engine deck stops the gun from depressing)
- Unlike other German tanks, TAM does not have a great zoom capability (just x8.00)
During the 1960s, Argentina was looking far and wide for offers to update its ageing fleet of WW2-era tanks. After obtaining some vehicles, the U.S. refused to make further vehicle sales. This forced Argentina to shift their attention towards the European market, resulting in the purchase of a number of French AMX-13s and its variants.
In 1973 however, the Ministry of Defense drew up a set of requirements for a completely new combat vehicle that would be produced domestically and would to enter service by 1980. Despite knowing what they wanted, Argentinian engineers lacked the technical know-how in order to actually design and produce such a vehicle. Faced with this problem, the Argentinian government sought collaboration with a foreign company in order to design and build the vehicle they wanted. Eventually, a contracted was signed with the German Thyssen-Henschel company, a joint development effort soon ensued.
The TAM (Tanque Argentino Mediano, eng: Argentinian Medium Tank), as it would be designated, was based off the German Marder IFV and equipped with a modification of the British, the Royal Ordnance L7A3 cannon that was produced in Germany. The first two prototypes of the TAM were built in 1976 and 1977 respectively and underwent extensive testing over the course of two years.
After successfully passing testing, the TAM was put into mass production in 1979. The vehicles were armed with FMK.4 Modelo 1L cannons, which was a domestic licensed copy of the original German cannon. The government ordered 200 vehicles of the IFV variant. However, economic difficulties resulted in the order being only partially fulfilled before production was restarted later on. Argentina was also very keen on exporting the TAM to other countries, but despite interest and some contracts being signed, the TAM was never widely exported for various reasons.
A total of around 280 TAMs were built and most of them still serve in the Argentinian army, albeit with upgraded equipment. The TAM was never deployed in any combat operations to this date.
- From Devblog
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|Germany light tanks|
|Pz.II||Pz.II C · Pz.II C (DAK) · Pz.II F · Pz.Sfl.Ic|
|Wheeled||Sd.Kfz.221 (s.Pz.B.41) · Sd.Kfz.234/1 · Sd.Kfz.234/2|
|Czech||Pz.35(t) · Pz.38(t) A · Pz.38(t) F · Sd.Kfz. 140/1|
|Post-war||Begleitpanzer 57 · Ru 251 · leKPz M41 · SPz BMP-1 · Radkampfwagen 90 · TAM · TAM 2C|