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Infantry fighting vehicle


The VCTP IFV is an Argentinean-built version of the German Marder

Entered service 1976
Crew 2 men
Personnel 10 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 28 t
Length 6.83 m
Width 3.32 m
Height 2.68 m
Main gun 20-mm cannon
Machine guns 2 x 7.62-mm
Engine MTU MB 833 diesel
Engine power 720 hp
Maximum road speed 80 km/h
Range 590 + 350 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 1 m
Trench 2.5 m
Fording 1.5 m


   Although allocated under Argentina the TAMSE VCTP was originally a German development, the firm of Thyssen having been awarded a 1974 contract by the Argentinean government for the development of a 105-mm gun tank and an IFV using the same basic chassis and hull. It resulted in the TAM light tank and VCTP infantry fighting vehicle. It seems that production of this machine commenced in 1976.

   Argentinean development and production of the VCTP IFV and its variants was erratic due to the state of the local economy, to the point when production in Argentina was terminated after 350 examples (of all types, including the tank variant) out of planned 500 plus had been completed.

   The basic VCTP IFV is essentially similar in layout to the German Marder but simplified and modified to meet Argentinean Army requirements and has a more powerful 720 hp MTU diesel power pack.

   The main armament is carried in a two-man power-operated turret armed with a 20-mm Oerlikon cannon and an externally mounted 7.62-mm MG for air and local defense.

   A further 7.62-mm MG is located in a remotely controlled mounting over the hull rear. This MG is controlled from within the troop compartment which can accommodate up to ten soldiers and their personal equipment. The troops enter and leave the vehicle via a door in the hull rear and there are also roof hatches.

   Firing ports and vision devices are located around the troop compartment for use by the occupants. Four smoke grenade launchers are mounted on each side of the hull. An essentially similar command post variant has provision for only six men in the troop compartment and lacks a turret, as does a 120-mm mortar carrier version (the VCTM) which has a crew of five.




   TAM light tank;

   VCA 155-mm self-propelled howitzer;

   VCTM 120-mm mortar carrier;

   VCPC command vehicle;

   VCLC multiple launch rocket system, prototype only;

   VCRT armored recovery vehicle, prototype only.


Video of the VCTP infantry fighting vehicle




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