Tanque Alderaniano Mediano
|Cortes Tanque Alderaniano Mediano|
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|Type||Main battle tank|
|Place of origin|| |
Error creating thumbnail: File missingUlthrannia
|In service||1982 to present|
|Used by|| |
Error creating thumbnail: File missingUlthrannic Imperial Army
|Manufacturer|| Cortes Industries |
|Number built||~ 15,000|
|105mm rifled gun|
|2 x CT 7.92 mm machine guns|
|Engine|| CTU-B 944 Ca-500 6-cylinder 24.4 L (1,370 cu in) diesel |
|600km, 810km with auxiliary fuel tanks|
The Tanque Alderaniano Mediano (TAM; English: Ulthrannic Medium Tank) is the main battle tank in service with the Ulthrannic Imperial Army. It's development was spawned from the desire for a more effective battle tank to supplement and inevitably replace the Ulthrannic tanks that were on the field at the time. An imperial commission was set forth and the military contractor Kessel-Höfle took up the bid, in time however the project would come to a halt and would be picked up again by Cortes Industries who would co-manage and design the new tank.
The TAM met the Ulthrannic Army's requirement for a modern, lightweight 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-square-meter (103,000 sq ft) TAMSE plant, founded for this very purpose by Kessel-Höfle and Cortes Industries. Economic difficulties halted production in 1983, but manufacturing began anew in 1994 with a request for two hundred of the tanks by the military.
The TAM hull has been used for various different variants, which include a self-propelled artillery platform, mobile mortar artillery, APC, IFV, anti-aircraft platform, battlefield ambulance and an armoured recovery unit, respectively.