M-84 TFCS3

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M-84 TFCS3

History and Description

In 1996, Slovenian company Fotona presented for the first time their new TFCS3, “two-headed” FCS for the M-84/72 tanks to potential users. Its prototype was installed in M-84 tank no. 10135 from the 54th Armored Mechanized Battalion (54. OKMB). In addition to the M-84/72 series, the system can also be installed in all other tanks from the Soviet “T” family and in related tanks.

The upgrade included several new features the most notable being the gunner’s thermal sight, laser warning receiver, and commander’s takeover set. TFCS3 FCS package consists of SGS-84T, STIGS gunner sights, and FCC-84T computer. Although modular, the system’s structure is jointly calibrated and works as a whole, while each module can also work individually. The user can therefore choose whether to use the entire system or only individual modules. The second advantage of modularity is the easy interchangeability of system components. Third, when one module is destroyed, the other remains operational. All functions except aiming, turning on the laser rangefinder, and selecting ammunition are automated.

SGS-84 is a stabilized gunner sight with integrated day and passive night channels. It is also part of the EFCS3 fire control system, which is installed in large numbers on Slovenian M-84 and Croatian M-84A4 Snajper tanks. Right next to the SGS-84 sight is the STIGS sight with an integrated thermal channel. Unlike its “neighboring” sight it doesn’t have an eyepiece, but a screen. In addition to FCS improvements, M-84 TFCS3 received a LIRD-3A laser warning receiver, CODRIS-E driver’s sight, and COMTOS commander’s takeover set which gave the tank hunter-killer capability. The device consists of a miniature camera inside the SGS-84 gunner’s sight and control panel with a monitor that attaches under the existing DNKS-2 commander’s periscope.

Added systems:

  • SGS-84T - Stabilized Gunner Sight
  • COMTOS-84 - Commander Take Over Set
  • CODRIS-84E - Combined Day/Night Driver Sight
  • LIRD-3A - Laser Irradiation Detector
  • FCC-84T- Fire Control Computer
  • STIGS-84 - Stabilized Thermal Imaging Gunner Sight
  • MRS-84 - Muzzle Reference System


  • Essentials
    • Length; 6.86 m
    • Width; 3.57 m
    • Height; 2.19 m
    • Mass; 41 t
    • Crew; 3
      • Driver; day and passive night sight (CODRIS-E, PNK)
      • Commander; day and passive night sight (TPKU-2B)
      • Gunner; day and passive night sight (SGS-84T) + thermal sight (STIGS)
  • Protection
    • Armor; M-84/T-72M armor
    • APS; N/A
    • ERA; N/A
    • Smoke; 12 x BDK M79 smoke grenades, ESS
  • Mobility
    • Engine; V-46-6 780 hp
    • Power/weight; 18.8 hp/t
    • Top speed; 60 kph
    • Amphibious; No
  • Firepower
    • Main; 125 mm 2A46 smoothbore gun
      • Reload; 7.1 s
      • 44 rounds in total
    • Secondary; 7.62 mm M86 machine gun
      • Penetration at 10 m; 10 mm
      • Fire rate; 700 shots/min
      • Belt capacity; 250 rounds
    • Supplementary; 12.7 mm M87 machine gun
      • Penetration at 10 m; 38 mm
      • Fire rate; 700 shots/min
      • Belt capacity; 60 rounds
  • Guidance;
    • Stabilizer; Two-plane stabilizer
    • Vertical; -6° / +13°
    • Horizontal; 360°
    • Turret rotation speed; 20°/s




LIRD-3A laser warning receiver behind MES-84 meteorological sensor on telescopic support

Close-up of TFCS3 with STIGS (thermal channel) on the left and SGS-84 (day and passive night channel) on the right. The sights are missing their protection cap

TFCS3 from inside of the tank with SGS-84 (day and night passive channel) on the left and STIGS (thermal channel) on the right

TFCS3 fire control system

COMTOS attached under the existing DNKS-2 commander’s periscope

CODRIS under existing PNK driver’s periscope


M-84 TFCS3 before being scrapped


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Would be great to see in game +1

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