The Tanque Argentino Mediano ("Argentine Medium Tank"), or TAM, is the main battle tank in service with the Argentine Army. Lacking the experience and resources to design a tank, the Argentine Ministry of Defense contracted German company Thyssen-Henschel. The vehicle was developed by a German and Argentine team of engineers, and was based on the chassis of the German Marder infantry fighting vehicle. The TAM met the Argentine Army's requirement for a modern light-weight and fast tank with a low silhouette and sufficient firepower to defeat contemporary armored threats. Development began in 1974 and resulted in the construction of three prototypes by early 1977 and full-scale production by 1979. Assembly took place at the local 9,600 meters squared TAMSE plant, founded for the purpose by the Argentine government. Economic difficulties halted to production in 1983, but manufacturing began anew in 1994 until the army's order of 200 tanks was fulfilled.
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The Nagmachon which the IDF has in its possession is an upgrade of the Nagmashot, which is based on the body of the Centurion tank. The changes and improvements which were first applied to the vehicle were intended to allow it to act as an engineering vehicle.It served as an APC in the service of the Corps of Engineers as a vehicle for clearing paths, and as a vehicle for combat engineering. The main improvements made to the vehicle were the armor plating, and additional engineering equipment which was installed on its underbelly, providing it with protection against underbelly and side explosives. Hence, it is named the "underbelly-protected APC" (Nagmachon). The Nagmachon has served for years as a vehicle for the Corps of Engineers in the Southern Lebanon action area. In the 90s, when the Puma came into use (a combat engineering obstruction navigating vehicle), the Nagmachon's purpose was changed to that of a troop transport for infantry. It then began to perform scouting missions and general security missions in hazardous areas. Together with the changes in its operations, it was upgraded and changed in order to be more appropriate for its new purpose. Two MAG 7.62 mm machine guns and special rests for personal weapons were added, and in the most recent models the suspension system was upgraded to be similar to that which can be found on the Merkava tank. The Nagmachon is considered a very efficient vehicle for urban warfare, and the IDF uses it in the areas of Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza region.