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The '''"Patagón" tank''' is a [[light tank]] developed in [[Argentina]] during the early 2000s, expected to enter service with the [[Argentine Army]]. It is based on a [[SK-105 Kürassier]] chassis with a refurbished [[AMX-13]] turret. The project was cancelled in late 2008.
 
The '''"Patagón" tank''' is a [[light tank]] developed in [[Argentina]] during the early 2000s, expected to enter service with the [[Argentine Army]]. It is based on a [[SK-105 Kürassier]] chassis with a refurbished [[AMX-13]] turret. The project was cancelled in late 2008.
   
==Development==
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== Development ==
 
[[File:VC Tan Patagón.JPG|left|thumb|"Patagón" prototype displayed at the Argentine Army Exhibition in May 2008. Note placard with technical data summary.]]
 
[[File:VC Tan Patagón.JPG|left|thumb|"Patagón" prototype displayed at the Argentine Army Exhibition in May 2008. Note placard with technical data summary.]]
   
In 2003 the Argentine Army defined goals for increasing its capabilities, among them nationalizing the manufacturing of its equipment; the VC SK-105 "Patagón" tank upgrade project was part of that effort.<ref name="DERF2005Nov23">{{cite news |date=2005-11-23 |language=Spanish |title=Patagón: el tanque de fabricación argentina que fue presentado ayer |url=http://www.derf.com.ar/despachos.asp?cod_des=49805 |newspaper=DERF – Agencia Federal de Noticias |location=Santa Fé, Argentina |accessdate=2014-12-28}}</ref> It was planned to convert and upgrade up to 40 vehicles at an expected cost of USD 23,4 million in the period 2005-2009; these vehicles were going to be assembled in [[Comodoro Rivadavia]] and provided to the army units based in the Patagonia.<ref name="DERF2005Nov23"/><ref>{{cite news |date=2005-11-24 |title=Argentine Army tank assembly plant in Comodoro |url=http://en.mercopress.com/2005/11/24/argentine-army-tank-assembly-plant-in-comodoro |newspaper=MercoPress |location=Montevideo, Uruguay |accessdate=2014-12-28}}</ref>
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In 2003 the Argentine Army defined goals for increasing its capabilities, among them nationalizing the manufacturing of its equipment; the VC SK-105 "Patagón" tank upgrade project was part of that effort.<ref name="DERF2005Nov23">{{cite news |date=2005-11-23 |language=Spanish |title=Patagón: el tanque de fabricación argentina que fue presentado ayer |url=http://www.derf.com.ar/despachos.asp?cod_des=49805 |newspaper=DERF – Agencia Federal de Noticias |location=Santa Fé, Argentina |accessdate=2014-12-28}}</ref> It was planned to convert and upgrade up to 40 vehicles at an expected cost of USD 23,4 million in the period 2005-2009; these vehicles were going to be assembled in [[Comodoro Rivadavia]] and provided to the army units based in the [[Patagonia]].<ref name="DERF2005Nov23"/><ref>{{cite news |date=2005-11-24 |title=Argentine Army tank assembly plant in Comodoro |url=http://en.mercopress.com/2005/11/24/argentine-army-tank-assembly-plant-in-comodoro |newspaper=MercoPress |location=Montevideo, Uruguay |accessdate=2014-12-28}}</ref>
   
 
The vehicle is composed of a [[SK-105 Kürassier]] chassis which mounts a refurbished FL-12 [[oscillating turret]] armed with a 105&nbsp;mm gun, obtained from obsolete [[AMX-13]] tanks. Both vehicles were in service with the Argentine Army in the early 2000s. Most of the Patagón technical specifications are similar to the SK-105.<ref name="Infodefensa2008Dec27">{{cite news |date=2008-12-27 |language=Spanish |title=Argentina abandona el proyecto de blindado Patagón |url=http://www.infodefensa.com/latam/2008/12/27/noticia-argentina-abandona-el-proyecto-de-blindado-patagon.html |newspaper=Infodefensa – Información Defensa y Seguridad| location=España |accessdate=2014-12-29}}</ref>
 
The vehicle is composed of a [[SK-105 Kürassier]] chassis which mounts a refurbished FL-12 [[oscillating turret]] armed with a 105&nbsp;mm gun, obtained from obsolete [[AMX-13]] tanks. Both vehicles were in service with the Argentine Army in the early 2000s. Most of the Patagón technical specifications are similar to the SK-105.<ref name="Infodefensa2008Dec27">{{cite news |date=2008-12-27 |language=Spanish |title=Argentina abandona el proyecto de blindado Patagón |url=http://www.infodefensa.com/latam/2008/12/27/noticia-argentina-abandona-el-proyecto-de-blindado-patagon.html |newspaper=Infodefensa – Información Defensa y Seguridad| location=España |accessdate=2014-12-29}}</ref>
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The Patagón prototype was unveiled on 22 November 2005; however the project was cancelled in late 2008, as it was considered uneconomical.<ref name="Infodefensa2008Dec27"/>
 
The Patagón prototype was unveiled on 22 November 2005; however the project was cancelled in late 2008, as it was considered uneconomical.<ref name="Infodefensa2008Dec27"/>
   
==Production==
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== Production ==
 
As of late 2014 four units have been completed, in addition to the prototype unveiled in 2005.<ref name="Infodefensa2008Dec27"/>
 
As of late 2014 four units have been completed, in addition to the prototype unveiled in 2005.<ref name="Infodefensa2008Dec27"/>
   
==Operators==
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== Operators ==
 
*{{flagicon|Argentina}} [[Argentine Army]] <ref>The Military Balance 2010; Page 175.</ref>
 
*{{flagicon|Argentina}} [[Argentine Army]] <ref>The Military Balance 2010; Page 175.</ref>
   
==See also==
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== See also ==
 
* [[Nahuel]] – Medium tank developed by Argentina during the Second World War.
 
* [[Nahuel]] – Medium tank developed by Argentina during the Second World War.
 
* [[Tanque Argentino Mediano]] - Medium tank developed by Argentina during the 1970s, in use by the Argentine Army since the early 1980s.
 
* [[Tanque Argentino Mediano]] - Medium tank developed by Argentina during the 1970s, in use by the Argentine Army since the early 1980s.
   
==Footnotes==
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== Footnotes ==
 
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==References==
 
==References==
   
===Notes===
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=== Notes ===
 
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===Sources===
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=== Sources ===
 
;Online
 
;Online
 
* [http://www.derf.com.ar/despachos.asp?cod_des=49805 ''Patagón: el tanque de fabricación argentina que fue presentado ayer'' - DERF Agencia Federal de Noticias, November 2005] Online article about the unveiling of the Patagón prototype {{es-icon}}
 
* [http://www.derf.com.ar/despachos.asp?cod_des=49805 ''Patagón: el tanque de fabricación argentina que fue presentado ayer'' - DERF Agencia Federal de Noticias, November 2005] Online article about the unveiling of the Patagón prototype {{es-icon}}
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* {{Cite book |last1= |title= The Military Balance 2010 |year=2010 |editor-first= |editor-last= |publisher=Routledge / IISS |isbn= 978-1857435573 |location= London, United Kingdom |url= http://www.amazon.com/The-Military-Balance-2010-Iiss/dp/1857435575 |accessdate=2014-12-29}}
 
* {{Cite book |last1= |title= The Military Balance 2010 |year=2010 |editor-first= |editor-last= |publisher=Routledge / IISS |isbn= 978-1857435573 |location= London, United Kingdom |url= http://www.amazon.com/The-Military-Balance-2010-Iiss/dp/1857435575 |accessdate=2014-12-29}}
   
==Further reading==
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== Further reading ==
 
* {{Cite book |last1= |title=Jane's Armour and Artillery 2011-2012 |year=2011 |editor-first= Christopher F. |editor-last=Foss |publisher= Janes Information Group |isbn=978-0710629609 |location= London, United Kingdom |url=http://www.amazon.com/Janes-Armour-Artillery-2011-2012-Christopher/dp/0710629605 |accessdate=2014-12-29}}
 
* {{Cite book |last1= |title=Jane's Armour and Artillery 2011-2012 |year=2011 |editor-first= Christopher F. |editor-last=Foss |publisher= Janes Information Group |isbn=978-0710629609 |location= London, United Kingdom |url=http://www.amazon.com/Janes-Armour-Artillery-2011-2012-Christopher/dp/0710629605 |accessdate=2014-12-29}}
 
* [http://www.emol.com/noticias/internacional/2005/11/22/202546/argentina-ejercito-presenta-prototipo-del-tanque-patagon.html Argentina: Ejército presenta prototipo del tanque "Patagón" - EMOL, Santiago (Chile), 2005-Nov-22] ''(accessed 2014-12-29)'' {{es-icon}}
 
* [http://www.emol.com/noticias/internacional/2005/11/22/202546/argentina-ejercito-presenta-prototipo-del-tanque-patagon.html Argentina: Ejército presenta prototipo del tanque "Patagón" - EMOL, Santiago (Chile), 2005-Nov-22] ''(accessed 2014-12-29)'' {{es-icon}}
   
==External links==
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== External links ==
 
* [http://www.ejercito.mil.ar/_Noticia/patagon.asp News of prototype unveiling - Argentine Army official website, November 2005] {{es-icon}}
 
* [http://www.ejercito.mil.ar/_Noticia/patagon.asp News of prototype unveiling - Argentine Army official website, November 2005] {{es-icon}}
 
* [http://www.arsenales.ejercito.mil.ar/galeria/listado.asp?galeria=3 Images of prototype unveiling – Argentine Army oficial website, November 2005] {{es-icon}}
 
* [http://www.arsenales.ejercito.mil.ar/galeria/listado.asp?galeria=3 Images of prototype unveiling – Argentine Army oficial website, November 2005] {{es-icon}}

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