Elbit Systems Contracted to Upgrade Argentinian Army’s Main Battle Tank

By Arie Egozi

Defence Industry
Tel Aviv: Israeli company Elbit Systems has been contracted to upgrade the turret systems of the Argentinian army’s main battle tank (MBT) the TAM2C A2. Currently Argentina only has two tanks but the number will grow according to the plan.
Elbit Systems will equip the tank of the Argentinian army with a Commander Open Architecture Panoramic Sight (COAPS), an advanced, modular, dual-axis stabilised sight for MBTs and AFVs that facilitates long-range target acquisition both day and night.
COAPS features advanced sensors, panoramic 360⁰ LOS capabilities and an elevation of -20⁰ to +60⁰. The stabilised sight is highly accurate, offering a small interface to the platform, ruggedised components and armour protection in both stationary and mobile situations.
According to Elbit, based on open architecture, COAPS is easily adaptable to sensor additions/changes. It can function as gunner or commander sight, and can be integrated with fire control systems.
The Israeli company will also install on the new tank a main Gunner Sight (MGS), an advanced modular gunner sight that uses cutting-edge technologies, such as thermal imaging, eye safe lasers and displays. Designed for high-accuracy target engagement and firing on-the-move, the third-generation dual-axis stabilised sight is ideal for operation both day and night, in all combat scenarios and weather conditions. The sight features an eye safe laser rangefinder, day channel with high resolution day camera (HD optional) and built-in electronics unit.
Another system that is part of the upgrade package is an advanced third-generation long-wave infrared (LWIR) thermal imager for gunner sights. Operating in the 8 – 12 µm spectral band, TADES M features staring array technology, extended DRI ranges, advanced image processing algorithms, NFOV, WFOV and E-ZOOM. The imager offers up to 1280X1024 resolution with dual axis microscan.