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Top 10 Main Battle Tanks
receive many questions which is the best main battle tank in the
world. Which is the greatest modern MBT and why. Our Top 10 analysis
is based on the combined score of protection, firepower, accuracy
and mobility. All of the tanks mentioned here are incredibly
powerful and devastating, however none of them have seen combat
against each other during military operations yet. Analysis is based
on specifications and available data. Crew training of the tank is
also important, as performance of the actual tank depends from the
crew performance. This list do not contains tanks that are currently
under development or are at the prototype stage.
top 10 best tanks in the world are these:
Leopard 2A7 (Germany)
It is a
recent version of the proven and successful
2 design. It has additional armor and updated electronics.
2A7 is well protected against conventional and urban warfare
threats, such as
RPG rounds and IEDs.
has better accuracy and longer range of fire comparing with other
tanks due to its powerful gun and advanced fire control system.
This MBT is
powered by a proven engine, developing 1 500 hp. Despite increase in
weight vehicle has increased mobility due to improved suspension
components. Cross-country performance is similar to other Leopard 2
ordered a first batch of 20 Leopard 2A7 MBTs, upgraded from
Leopard 2A6. Deliveries commenced in 2014. German army plans to
upgrade 50 to 150 tanks to the 2A7 standard. Qatar ordered 62 of
these MBTs and Saudi Arabia more than 200.
K2 Black Panther (South Korea)
the Black Panther is one of the most advanced main battle tank in
the world, outclassing anything North Korea or China have.
Furthermore it is the most expensive main battle tank to date.
uses composite armor of undisclosed type and explosive reactive
armor modules. The K2 is also completed with active protection and
countermeasures systems. Its protection is broadly similar to the
Abrams, considering that the K2 is much lighter.
South Korean tank is armed with the latest German 120-mm gun,
similar to that used on the
Leopard 2A6 and 2A7. This tank has a very advanced fire control
system with can spot, track and fire automatically at visible
vehicle-size targets, even low-flying helicopters, without needing
any input from a human operator. The K2 also uses advanced
Panther is fitted with a powerful diesel engine. It is fast and has
a state-of-the-art hydropneumatic suspension.
this main battle tanks is not yet in series production. It might
enter service with the South Korean Army soon.
The M1A2 SEP
is a successor to the
Abrams. This tank has incredible technology and armor. Also it
has seen combat. It is one of the most feared MBTs.
The M1A2 SEP
offers significant protection against all well-known anti-tank
weapons. This main battle tank uses advanced armor, reinforced with
depleted uranium layers.
Its gun and
accuracy are slightly inferior to that of the Leopard 2A7. Yet it
still packs a formidable punch.
gas turbine engine offers good performance, but requires tremendous
amount of maintenance, logistical support and is thirsty on fuel.
A number of
and M1A2 tanks were upgraded to this standard. The tank can be also
fitted with a
Survival Kit (TUSK), that improves survivability in urban
date very few Abrams tanks have been destroyed in combat.
The M1A2 SEP
is in service with United States Army (at least 900). It is planned
that this tank will remain in service beyond 2050. The M1A2 SEP has
not been exported yet. However the previous M1A2 has been supplied
to Kuwait (218) and Saudi Arabia (373).
Challenger 2 (United Kingdom)
It is a very
capable tank. The Challenger 2 has the latest Chobham armor and is
one of the most protected MBTs in the world today. It offers very
high level of protection against direct fire weapons
tank is armed with a very accurate 120-mm rifled gun. Its gun is
rifled as opposed to smoothbore guns used by all other modern MBTs.
Its maximum aimed range is over 5 km. Currently the Challenger holds
the record for for longest tank-to-tank kill.
the Challenger 2 is less powerful than of its Western rivals. Also
it is not as fast as other MBTs. However this tank is famous for its
Challenger 2 is in service with United Kingdom (386) and Oman (38).
is a new Russian main battle tank of new generation. It was first
publicly revealed in 2015. Its full-scale production could begin in
is a clean sheet design with a number of advanced features. It
shares little common with the current
Armata is much bigger.
specifications are classified, however the Armata
might be one of the most protected tanks in the world. It has
newly-developed base armor, made of steel, ceramics and composite
materials. Also Armata has a
new add-on explosive reactive armor. It has been reported that Armata will be fitted with new
active protection system. It also has a new countermeasures system
that reduces the chance of being hit by enemy ATGW with
This tank is
operated by a crew of 3 men. All crewmembers are seated side-by-side
in a well protected armored cell, located at the front of the hull.
It is the first production MBT with such crew layout. The tank can
operate even with penetrated armor, as far as the crew cell is
is also a world's first production MBT with completely unmanned
turret. It is armed with a 125-mm smoothbore gun that can also
launch anti-tank guided missiles in the same manner as ordinary
projectiles. The gun is completed with an autoloader. This tank has
a hunter-killer capability.
It has been
reported that this tank is fitted with a diesel engine, developing 1
of this new Russian MBT created a stir in the West. Now a number of
countries, such as Germany and UK are looking to upgrade their
tanks, or develop new designs.
Merkava Mk.4 (Israel)
It is the
latest Israeli development which is a further development of the
Mk.4 is one of the most protected tanks in the world. This MBT has
an unusual design with a front-mounted engine which gives the crew
additional protection and chance to survive if the tank is
knocked-out. All Merkava series tanks have a rear compartment which
ca be used to carry troops and cargo under armor. It can carry up to
10 troops when ammunition is unloaded.
tank is armed with indigenous 120-mm smoothbore gun. The Merkava
Mk.4 is equipped with new fire control system, that includes some
very advanced features. One of them is a high hit probability firing
against low-flying helicopters using conventional munitions.
the Merkava Mk.4 is rather average due to excessive weight, even
though it is fitted with a powerful engine.
Mk.4 is in service only with Israel (360), as this tank is not
offered for export.
The TK-X or
Type 10 is the latest Japanese development. It entered service in
2012. Currently it is one of the most advanced main battle tanks in
lightweight MBT is more agile, however less protected than
It is armed
with a 120-mm smoothbore gun, broadly similar to that of the
Leopard 2A5 and M1A2 Abrams. It also has advanced fire control
This tank has great
mobility due to its impressive power-to-weight ratio, Continuously
Variable Transmission (CVT) and state-of-the-art hydropneumatic
The TK-X is
in service with Japan (12).
main battle tank entered service in 1992. A number of design
features of the Leclerc were later used on other Western tanks.
has advanced composite armor with add-on modular armor.
This MBT has
a crew of three and is fitted with an autoloader. It is fitted a
powerful gun and has a high hit probability against stationary and
moving targets. Also it has a hunter-killer capability.
has good mobility due to its 1 500 hp engine and hydropneumatic
is in service with France (406) and United Arab Emirates (388).
The T-90 is
currently the only tank produced in quantity in Russia. It is not as
sophisticated as its Western rivals, however it uses proven
technology and is cost effective. Currently it is the most
commercially successful main battle tank on the global market. Also
it is one of the cheapest among modern MBTs.
The T-90 has
a small profile which makes it a harder target to hit. Significant
drawback of the T-90 is ammunition stored in the main compartment
due to its carrousel-type autoloader. Once hit ammunition detonates
by killing all the crew and destroying the tank. This drawback is
common to all Soviet, Russian Ukrainian and recent Chinese MBTs.
Western tanks have a separate compartment in the turret bustle with
a blow-out panels
The T-90 is
not as accurate against long-range targets, however it can launch
anti-tank guided missiles in the same manner as ordinary munitions.
version has poor power-to-weight ratio due to its underpowered
engine. Later models were fitted with more powerful engines.
Tagil is a recent version with new armor, new engine, new gun,
improved turret, updated observation and aiming system.
The T-90 is
currently in service with Russia (approximately 700), Algeria (305),
Azerbaijan (20), India (620), Turkmenistan (40) and Venezuela (50
collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine continued development of the
main battle tank. Their latest version is the Oplot-M.
is fitted with explosive reactive armor of new generation. This MBT
inherited from its predecessor automatic ammunition loading system,
however ammunition is stored in the main compartment, rather than a
separate compartment with a blow-out panels.
Ukranian tank is not as accurate against long-range targets as
Western rivals, however it can launch anti-tank guided missiles in
the same manner as ordinary munitions. The Oplot-M has a
completed Ukrainian Army trials and is due to enter service with
Ukrainian Army. Also it is in service with Thailand. This tank is
broadly similar in terms of firepower, protection and mobility to
the latest Russian versions of the T-90, however currently it is
produced only in small numbers.