Top 10 Military Tanks

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The Top Ten

1
Leopard 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
I would say this is the currently the most powerful tank in the world but with that being said, it is hardly revolutionary for its time. It is quite comparable to other western tanks such as the Challenger or Abrams. I feel as if this tank has been voted to #1 because it is technically speaking "the most powerful tank of all time" due to the fact that it is the best modern example, however is it really the most powerful tank of all time - for its time? How many wars has it won? Sure it has only lost a single crew member in combat but that must be put into perspective, how much time on the battlefield have these tanks actually spent after all?
Best tank and just happen to be in the Swedish armed forces. Its history has been long and far standing. It has my vote!

2M1 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 original M1 Abrams from 1980 was called to be the best tank of all time. The technology advances it had were definitely one's to cause the Leopards on. From observation, the original M1 Abrams has been proven to be more effective and more useful than the M1A2 and that's a fact.
[Newest]The best armored. the best armed. but not the best speed. this is the true TANK

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 2 has not been lost to enemy fire and has the same Chobbum armour (which is also British by the way) as the M1. One was once stuck and attacked by insurgents with assault rifles, 14 RPGs and a anti tank missile and still survived. Another survived 70 RPG hits whilst in all service life only one has been lost (to friendly fire from another challenger 2) and two damaged.

alleksas50

[Newest]Superior range, superior gun, superior armour, superior fire controls when compared to everything that was out there has got to count for something surely?

4T-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
[Newest]This tank may not have the armour or armament but the T-34 can be mass produced and is highly effective on mass

5Tiger 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.
[Newest]I hope this is created once more

6Merkava
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
With out a doubt the best

7T-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.

Danieltfsmop

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
[Newest]It fires missiles out its gun and can jump of course it's the best

8M4 Sherman
I've always had a thing for this tank, In World war 2 It was One of the Most if not The Most Reliable tank out there, While sure, Most people think that The Main Variants had A standard gas engine that would burn Up in a Hearbeat when hit, It was actually Usually the Ammo storage, This was found out when Sherman's knocked out in combat were sometimes examined and the fuel was actually still usually found intact, Now There's a solution to this, The M4A1 76(W)(W Stands for Wet Ammo storage), this version and its M4A2 76(W) counterpart had different ammo storages then a Standard Sherman, and it would save Many of the crew members of these types if they were hit.

Now here comes the Armor Problem, Your standard sherman variant has 2.0/2.5 inches of armor, although you could Add extra armor to the sides and front to help somewhat solve this problem, there's also a not well known HEAVY tank variant of the Sherman, called the M4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo, Its Front Glacis was About 5-7 Inches thick, same with the gun Mantlet, Not Even an 88mm PAK-43 Could get through it, The sides were 3-5 inches thick, It proved a successful Design when the were shipped to France

Now here Comes the Gun problem

A Typical sherman had a Underpowered 75mm Gun, Which really was meant for the Sherman's original role, Infantry support, Now we learned that this wasn't going to work as German tanks were commonly showing up and if you're not close enough this gun won't penetrate, Now, The Brits New Way Before us Americans that German tanks were well armored, and they had a tank Called the A30 Challenger, which had a 17 pounder to counter German tank, but this tank was relatively complex, And when M4 Tanks became available, they knew it had potential, and after realizing it needed bigger guns against German tanks, they took the Same 17 pounder gun, And put it on the Cheaper, More Reliable and easy to convert Sherman, this Sherman Variant is Known as The Sherman Firefly, The gun could get through up to 5 Inches of armor,2000 Converted, used by the UK and Canada, Now when we Americans Realized we needed a bigger gun, we created the M4A1 76(W) and M4A2 76(W) which I mentioned earlier, along with the Ammo storage they had long barrel 76mm Cannons, Which could penetrate a tigers or Panthers frontal armor when close enough, and Pander 4s at long ranges, these Variants lead up to the M4A3E8, Long Barrel 76mm, Slighly better armor and engines then other variants, better ammo storage, And in Korea they would knock out NK T-34-85s with some ease, with HVAP Ammo it had the firepower advantage, it had better gunsights too, Leading it to be one of the Main US tanks of Korea,

And this tank would serve to the Early 80s with Israel who Put 105mm AT guns on and Knocked out T-55s/T-62s, which were I think 2 generations ahead

To me it's truly a great tank when it comes down to it.
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.
[Newest]This is the tank. This is the tank you think of when you think of "tank" and "war". More likely because you can't think of any other tank.

9Panzer 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.

10T-72
Just simple mass production
Did great in the gulf war no sarcassum

The Contenders

11Arjun
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!

12Crusader Tank

13M36 Tank Destroyer

14Olifant 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

15Panther
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.

Operation_Fortitude

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!

16Tiger 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

17M1A2 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

18Challenger 2
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.
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
Anyone else wonder how it stood LESS than the challenger I?

19Al-Khalid
Designed to survive everything and it could very well do so with some modern weapons. And armour.

20Panzer 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.

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