Top 10 Military Tanks


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1Leopard 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!

I'm American and I agree this is the number one tank it's fast powerful and it looks cool as hell but then again the reason people consider the m1 Abrams the greatest tank that's because it's never been destroyed by an enemy in battle that's what I heard on the Military History Channel

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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.

It has nickname "whispering death"

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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

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

Only 1 challenger 2 was destroyed

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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.

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

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.

The T-34 and its variants are overall good. The T-34-152 had the 152 mm derp cannon, and the T-34-85 could slice through Tigers and Panthers with its 85 mm rifled cannon.

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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.

We must compare tanks not to each other across time, but to their contemporaries and rivals of their time. The tiger trumps all. When else was a tank virtually impenetrable by ANY of it's enemy counterparts? No tank of it's time was able to face the Tiger head on. That settles it.

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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

Best tank way yah better than the American bull crap they call the Abrams - HATOOTEH

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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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8M4 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.

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.

The only problem with the Sherman is that its short gun and thin armor don't do it good though it's pretty agile

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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.

First one is not destroyed by bombing. It didn't had turret and ammo

For one it's just MASSIVE!
it looks intimidating and would DOMINATE with some current-world technology.


Just simple mass production

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The Newcomers

?Chieftain FV4201

Truly the epitome of British tank engineering, making a lasting impression on all modern 21st MBT's around the world. Made in the 1960's with major advances in technology, such as the supine driving position, allowing the hull to be sloped even further and add more protection, the 120mm rifled gun allowing the Chieftain to outgun and outrange the heavy Leopard 1 and Russian tanks, highly classified Chobham Armour which is still in use today on the Challenger and M1A2 Abrams MBT's and finally the most vital addition to any British armoured vehicle, the boiling vessel; allowing the crew to make their tea in the safety of the tank.
All of these allowed the Chieftain to be the chief in armour supremacy from the 1960's and continues to do so as models are still in service with nations, and the formidable Merkava tanks were based on the Chieftains design. It truly deserves the title 'most formidable tank'.
However I do have to admit it has it's downsides, during the Iran-Iraq war the ...more

This tank truly deserves the title 'most formidable tank in history'

Designed in the 1960's the Chieftain is much older than all other MBT's used by major powers and yet can still stand up to them, all thanks to the revolutionary designs created solely for the Chieftain. The highly classified Chobham armour which is still in use today by Challengers 2's and M1A2's, the latest in rifled gun technology allowing it to outrange and even outgun some tanks which are used today and not to mention the most vital addition to any British armoured vehicle, the boiling vessel allowing tea to made safely in the confines of the tank.
To prove it's worth multiple nations around the world still use the Chieftain even if the British Army doesn't, and the Merkava tank was even based off of the Chieftain!
The only downside is it's engine, it not being strong enough to power the beast that is the Chieftain.

The Contenders

11M1A2 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.

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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!

Now Arjun tank got superb firepower.

Our own powerful tank

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13Leopard 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.


First tank in the world with unmanned turret, lighter with 48 ton, fast with 90km/h, maximum of three crews and 125 mm cannon will replace with 152 mm cannon in near future.

Don't know much but seems good enough with hardkill measuri to counter missiles

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15Challenger 3

Tank does not exist

New British supertank 2miilion lbs a 250 mm cannon and 4 yes 4 30mm mini guns. Also a shark launcher.

16Crusader Tank

Great, Cool, Swift Tank, nothing more to ask for.

Best all around tanks of the bunch

17Type 99

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!

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19M36 Tank Destroyer
20Olifant 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

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