Top 10 Military Tanks

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M1 Abrams
the abrams is practically immortal because of its composite armor. it has a 120mm main weapon and a few machine guns. its crammed full of almost alien like technology
The original M1 Abrams model from the early 1980's was considered the best tank ever made. Yes, a Leopard or a Challenger could give it one hell of a fight, but this tank has just been proven time and time again to be the legend of all battle tanks.

Unlike it's newer models, such as the M1A1 and M1A2 varients, this one has many features that changed how tank fighting can be done forever. A true relic to all military junkies and historians.
The M1 Abrams could lose a fight vs a T-90A or a Challenger. The reason I voted for it was because there are more, and are easier (by 10-15%) to produce. Also, they are making improvements to it. What I don't like about it: 1) It's overrated (Admit it). 2) Many where lost due to enemy fire in both Iraqui Freedom and Desert Storm and never revealed to be destroyed. 3) Its big engine which sucks fuel till the last drop (Remember considering how much fuel it will take up if there are many of them). 4) I just hate how some say an Abrams can destroy a Challenger 2 or a Leopard.
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I just like the look of the tank and of course it has amazing technology and a powerful gun but I think the most incredible thing is its armor
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2Leopard Tank
The only reason why the M1 Abrams is ranked first is because most of the people who vote here are Americans who just won't believe that there is in fact something around that is better than their tanks
Best tank and just happen to be in the Swedish armed forces. Its history has been long and far standing. It has my vote!
What was a strength of the Abrams is now a major drawback, it's power system! Not only for being a fuel waster but because it's engine generates huge amounts of heat that allows it to be targeted that much easier by just one generation of advancements in new anti tank weapons! It's armor is also no longer the standard and it uses a version of the Leopard tanks gun? Which they are updating. If I was being shot at or was using conventional rounds, give me the Challenger still. However, these clams that the Abrams has been destroyed in number are idiotic. Don't think that the US Army has not addressed this problem, for they had a plan to replace this engine with guess what before the funding was killed. Also, the Leopard is being updated to newer standards at a much faster rate and it the preferred tank of most all armies in NATO that did not build its own. The Abrams is a fine tank, is built in much higher quantities, and has an array of ammo that will take anything out so don't worry yet. Still, if I had a choice the Leopard as an overall package is it.
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The leopard 2 is way more fuel and energy efficient than the abrams and is more readily available.
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3Challenger Tank
This should be first. It doesn't matter how modern or advanced the Abrams is, an ungodly amount of them have been destroyed while this beasts death count still stands proudly at zero. The only reason I don't have an opinion on the leopard is because it hasn't even entered combat yet.
The challenger mk2 has praticaly impervious armour which has been able to whithstand anti-tank mines/missiles and has a world record for hitting a moving target from around 5.5km away. Along with its AP rounds it can distroy an enemy tank before it had even seen the challenger coming.

Also it has a excellent operating range unlike the m1 abrams which needs a ridiculous amount of fuel to operate even over short distances
Challenger II and Leopard II Tanks will give a M1A2 Abrams a run for its money however similar to the Challenger none have been lost (complete lost) due to enemy fire. Friendly fire and accidents have brought a handful down but no enemy fire has ever penetrated the Abrams and destroyed it. There have been some incidences where a Abrams is damaged by enemy fire but not much more than that. On top of all this the Abrams has been produced on a mass scale especially in comparison with the Challenger (#2 Tank) and Leopard (#3 Tank). In addition the Abrams has repeatedly proven itself in war, where in contrast the Challenger and Leopard due to limited numbers had a much less of a role (Leopard didn't even fight in desert storm by the way). Also any other tank outside of these three is crushed by anyone of these three, that includes but is not limited to the T-90A T-90 T-80 T-72... Etc.
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4Tiger Tank
The tiger tank when mentioned sent fear through allied tank crew. It's frontal armour is virtually invincible to most allied tanks. The only way for a T/34 or a Sherman to destroy a tiger was to get in close and hit it from the side. No easy feat since a tiger with it's awesome 88mm gun could destroy a T/34 before it ever got close. I think it should be number 1
Germanys great successes can not finished without one of the Greatest Tanks of all time. It's strength in numbers and toughness at the time was so excellent, that it top off the Sherman by a long shot. But, it too, had mechanical failures of its own. Main reason why it's said to fail can go along with many other panzers of its time, it was too expensive compared to its T-34 opponents.
When this tank came to the battlefield, the Russians really find out what the word fear means. This tank is the best tank in the history just its name has launched the panic. The Russians claimed that they destroyed more tanks than were made only to raise the moral.
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5T-34
In terms of a specific weapon system's influence over the course of a war, T34 stand out supreme in military history. In T34 the soviets had a a bulk tank immensely superior to the German bulk tanks, making up for the German superiority in moral and training during the first stages of the war. This, along with other factors, gave the soviets the breathing space for regrouping and getting even. Later on, equipped with an new turret, a superior gun and well-trained troops, T34 spearheaded the largest offensive the world has ever seen. I am aware of no tank that influenced the course of a conflict (and the design of tanks) so deeply.
The Leopard tank DID NOT SERVE IN WW2 it was developed in 1965. The leopard VK1602 light tank was planned by the Nazi's as a recon vehicle but never was built. The T34 is the best ever the Tiger was a better built tank but was difficult to maintain on the battle field. The T34 was easy to drive, maintain and built in the tens of thousands. It was fited on the fly with a 75 mm gun or a self propeled gun when needed. The sloped armour was revolutionary. It won the Eastern Front.
This deserves to be the first because in it's time had fairly average armor and a fairly average gun. Not to mention it's sloping armor which reduced the chance for a shell to penetrate through it's armor and the sloping armor was new to it's time. The best thing about this tank is that it was very cheap to produce. RUSSIA PWNS
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6T-90
The t-90ms has been severely updated from the older t-90 models it brings to the table modern fire and control systems and improved defensive and offensive capabilities which can rival even the Abrams. What is not understand is that the T-90 has been upgraded because of the constant effort by the Russian military to improve their weapon systems. The ability of the T-90 to adapt and overcome can not be understated and is the greatest part of the weapon system that has served the Russian military from 1992 to present day and is still a very capable and competitive weapon system in the international community.

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Originally named after the T- 72BU, the T-90 is the most current tank in the Russian Federations services. Similar to most modern MBT's, the T-90's toughness suits its purpose on the field of action. It also has been seen to successfully drive underwater and get hit by 7 RPG's but still remains operational.
Its a great tank due to its speed and agility its got a smoothbore weapon and it is equiped with reactive armor therefor its a great tank plus - ITS RUSSIAN, by the way I know it not going to be # 1-5 but I do know its better than the darn merkava
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7Panzer VIII Maus
It was known as the heaviest tank in history and weighing at almost 2 million pounds, this beast can't be mistaken. The thought of what it could do on the field would be mind boggling. Sadly, it never saw the field of war and only two were ever made. The first was destroyed in a bombing, while the second was captured by the soviets.
For one it's just MASSIVE!
it looks intimidating and would DOMINATE with some current-world technology.

8Merkava
Claiming to be the second best in the world for military technology, Israel put its technological knowledge to work. The Merkava (Chariot in English) showed most of its efforts in the 80's and the Gulf War for being a stand alone MBT. With the engine in the front rather than the back, this gave the Merkava an advantage for armor and crew protection.
Incredible tank! Especially now that it uses the worlds most up to date anti tank missile defense system
The best tank in history when it comes to armor, innovative in crew safty for it's design puting the engine in the front and having a door in the back, can go in every terrain, extremely high accuracy and fire power, and has the ability to transport infantry troops and bring them to the heart of the battle, carrting them inside and letting them exit through the doors in the back.
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9M4 Sherman
It was incredibly easy to produce. It was considered to be incredibly reliable, even the soviets with their T-34 masterpiece loved this tank. The controls are so easy to use even an idiot could figure them out. The Sherman sported a wide range of variants. They were equipped with flamethrowers, AA guns, rocket launchers, smaller cannons, larger cannons, and could become bridging units if need be.
Accurate, easily produced, and realiable in engagements the Sherman showed us just what it can do. This battle tank was used for many wartime situations not only including both the Pacific and European tours, but also in the Vietnam and Korean wars too.
Love WW II, yes I know the M1 is way more powerful etc... Underrated though under gunned, under armored and brew up too easy the Sherman was actually superior to the Tiger. It was reliable, good cross country performance, superior MPG, and easy to produce.
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10Arjun
Considering this is the first indigenous tank from India, it's a great, on par with most modern tanks, which have already gone though series of enhancements
This is has the best ever turret of any tank able to penitrate 167mm of steel alloy type 3 armour!

The Contenders

11T-72
Just simple mass production
Did great in the gulf war no sarcassum

12Olifant Mk.2
The olifant is one of the best with a brand new fire control system, target aquisition system and classified modular composite armor can easily take on a T-90 or even M1A2 abrams
This is the tank that penetrated Angola back in the South African bush war and it can be fixed anywere anytime, you can just as well rename it MK invinceble

13M36 Tank Destroyer

14Tiger II
Ok how is this thing down here do you idiots know that Germany plans to re use them upgraded!?!?
It was a very powerful tank. It could knock out an tank

15Crusader Tank

16M1A2 Abrams
From its startout in the Gulf War to now, America has produced what is perhaps the Best Tank ever made. Though older models showed problems, it didn't stop it from becoming a hell bent fighting machine. Packed with a modern gun, super armor, and a well maintanced crew, this MBT shows many promises for a tank that was not made in large numbers during production.
Coolest tank ever man watch its video on YouTube its awesome

17Panther
The Pz. Kfw. V Panther was the best operational Main Battle Tanks of WWII. It's primary advantages over other tanks of the time were it's strong angled frontal armor, faster turret traverse, and speed. It's 75mm gun also had excellent range and accuracy. Now remember that the 75mm American short guns and 57mm Soviet AT guns were also accurate, but they could maintain stopping power at long ranges like the German guns could. Building a tank that could hit a target at 1200 Meters wasn't that difficult, but building a tank that could DESTROY targets at that range was an entirely different story. However, like many German Vehicles of the time, the Panther was over-engineered, and thus very expensive to produce. It also carried sufficient side armor, but was still prone to AT Rifle hits.

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After the initial faults were fixed it performed better than any other tank of the war, this was because it had a overall better cannon (7.5cm KWK 42L/70) and its armour was almost immune to the cannons of the day and some later guns, it was fast for its size and was better at cross country than others
Panther has everything like tiger (it also includes good armor) but it's much faster!
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18K1A1
Should be number 1, because it has the same gun as the Abrams, but has can handle complex fire-control tasks.
The K1A1 should be number 1, because of its agile versatility and fast speed and devastating power
It has a 120mm barrell, very fast and is very agile. More like a tiger + with a cheetah's speed. Just because it has layers of armour doesn't mean its very good. Lots of armour will end up with a very heavy tank, slowling it down. However, the k1a1 has a medium amount of armour, yet has a horribly devasting power

19Challenger 2
The Challenger 2 may be slightly heavier than most MBT's there for slightly slower, neither was it built in as many numbers as the T-54/55 or as successful as the T-34 but it has the best gun and with a rifled barrel so it hits what you're aiming at, the best in targeting technology, best life support systems, best camo fitted and best in MBT armour. It's also not as bigger target as the M60 or the Abrams
Supplied to two armies including the United Kingdom and oman army. The newer design off the Challenger I, sent in for many peacekeeping missions in the Middle East. Many missions showed that it was impenetrable to all enemy fire, except for IED's.
Anyone else wonder how it stood LESS than the challenger I?

20Leopard 2A6
Many claim that its the best MBT in the world today by stats. Indeed the Germans created a unique tank that could seem unstoppable. But, it's lacking in battle history on the field, that still doesn't mean that it's deadly. Everything about it is superior, the ability to drive in deep waters to even being more fuel efficient than the American Abrams tank.

21Al-Khalid

22Object 279
Another intimadating tank from ww2,
Designed to survive EVERYTHING, and it could very well do so with some modern weapons and armour

23Ground Combat Vehicle

24Panzer IV
Main battle tanks were important for fighting later in the war. Light and medium tanks became more reliable at the moment and the Germans had what they needed. As an overall great Medium sizer tank, the Pz. IV became a popular panzer on most of the European frontlines.

25Arjun MK 2
Arjun is a word of sanskrit language (oldest language ), arjun means Lion. It has 93 up-gradation on arjun mk 1. It is mix machine of t-90 and Abrams m1a1, with best parts of German, Israelis, French and British technologies. It has above average accurate gun and one of the best protection of armor kanchan. Arjun scores batter than t-90 in field trial, it is much more cheaper than Abrams.
Desert supercar great speed
HAS FIREPOWER THAT IS AS GOOD AS THE CHALLENGER 2 ARMOUR EQUIPPED WITH ERA (EXPLOSIVE REACTIVE ARMOUR) THAT COULD STOP THE DEPLETED URANIUM ROUND USED BY THE M1A1 ABRAMS NOTE:ERA WAS CREATED BY Russia TO COUNTER THE M1A1 ABRAMS DEPLETED URANIUM ROUND ALTHOUGH THE US DID MAKE ANOTHER ROUND SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO COUNTER THIS ARMOUR

26AMX Leclerc

27Asad Babil

28Arjun Mark 3
1500 hp engine, undr 50 ton,130 mm gun, laser gun, multi fuel engine, antiaircraft gun

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