Top 10 Greatest Military Tanks

The Top Ten
1 Merkava

The best tank in history when it comes to armor, innovative in crew, safe for its design, putting 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, carrying them inside and letting them exit through the doors in the back.

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.

The rather new model is unbeatable.
It has an anti rocket system, it is fast, well armoured, has superior radar capabilities and can shoot in angles where other tanks cannot shoot, the top is flatter than the ones of other tanks and therefore harder to hit. Also it has outside cams and radar target system.

A true masterpiece.

Incredible tank! Especially now that it uses the world's most up to date anti-tank missile defense system.

2 M1 Abrams

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.

Leopard tank is bettter no war to sugar coat that but 408 awesome tanks vs 8325 Great tanks whos winner now the Abrams. However there is no war to test tanks like these great ones in real combat the only tanks are Cold war junk and Russian and Chinese tanks don't come close to the US Abrams, German Leapord, UK Challenger, South Korean Black Panther, Israel Merkava, Japan's New TKX, and the French Leclerc are all better tanks than the 3rd world plus China and Russia. Now it is a battle of High Ultra High Tech vs Mass production. that is it no need to argue

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.

I've seen lots of military channels and I think by the looks of It there with its battle quality of the tank I also think its really the best tank ever. And by the way you should world of tanks it's a really good game if you like war stuff. I like the website too.

3 M1A2 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 hellbent fighting machine. Packed with a modern gun, super armor, and a well maintained crew, this MBT shows many promises for a tank that was not made in large numbers during production.

Why 2%? M1A2 Abrams is the best tank in the world. This tank is used in battles for 30 years and it wins with everything.

Hands down most powerful and reliable tank in all environments and situations.

4 Leopard 2A6

Many claim that it's 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.

Leopard versus Griffin looks interesting. Latest tank boosts. Going to need some Leo.


Seriously? 4%? Come on people! Trust the Russian metal a bit! First they said American Lockheed Martin F35 would rule the sky and Russians will lose their advantage in the skies but in the end, Russian Sukhoi Su-57 disappointed the Americans by giving them a run for the money. In my views, Russian metal can be always trusted.

As a M1-A2 SEP Abrams gunner with combat experience, I can tell as a simple matter of fact that the Armata, though untested in combat, is on paper, simply the best operational tank in the world. Let's not forget too, that at a third the cost of my Abrams, the economic impact in a real world scenario gains huge points as well.

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.

This tank has a lot of future. This is so much better than the Abrahams because its fast, it's highly protected and has one of the best turret in the world.

6 Leopard Tank

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 ...more

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?

The Leopard 2A7 outclasses all tanks currently in service. The Germans continue to produce an amazing battle tank.

And for those of you who say that the T-34, tiger and, especially, the Maus deserves to be in the top 10, you don't know your tanks. Look at how many issues plagued the T-34.

There is a reason why all of the armies of Europe, Canada, are adopting this tank. Especially as it has proven it self as a multi role tank, being used in multiple battles in Afghanistan.

7 Tiger Tank

I have to say that one specific Tiger I like is Tiger 131. It's Famous for being the first Captured Tiger Tank, it even Guest Starred in Fury.!

The Tiger is pretty obviously one of the most legendary tank of WW II. The tiger was a masterpiece of the Germans, combining very thick armour, with very powerful shells from its Flak36 8.8cm anti tank gun, and its intimidating size. This tank, even though legendary had a few not so good points. The speed and mobility of this tank was obviously not the best due to its thick and heavy armour, and it was pretty expensive to produce due to the size and complicated controls and designs. Although some bad points have been just listed, we all know that all the money and hard work paid off for the Germans as quite a decent number for a $100,000 tigers have been produced and feared throughout the war by the Allies and there is no doubt that this is still probably one of the top tanks of WW II.

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.

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

8 T-90

I hate when people say that this is JUST an upgraded T-72. What does the word "upgrade" mean? Improved, better, etc. This (Beautiful looking) tank could easily destroy an Abrams with its 125mm 9M119 Svir cannon which can also fire guided ATGMs that could help destroy a helicopter. It's also a way smaller target than most modern tanks and goes up to 40mph, almost as fast as the Abrams. They also use Kontakt-5 Reactive Armor which makes them immune to depleted uranium.

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.

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.

The T-90 is basically an Abrams in terms of firepower and protection, but the T-90 is cheaper.

9 Challenger 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.

10 Type 99

It is sometimes used to destroy challenger tanks and Abrams tanks

I love this tank

We will prosper!

The Contenders
11 T-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.

If we are choosing the best and most influential tank in history, there is no match to T-34. Modern Abrams and Leopards never fought against an equal or technologically superior opponent. Abrams was tested in the Iraq wars, but USA and coalition would have prevailed even without any tanks on the battlefield whatsoever thanks to superior air power, better trained ground troops, better battlefield intel. The war was won even before Abrams crossed the Iraqi border. T-34, on the other hand, fought against opponents (Tigers and Panthers) that were technologically superior, had better crews and were part of the best military machine of the time. T-34 stroke the right balance of armour, fire power, speed and technological complexity; was easy to manufacture and maintain.
You can't "what if" the history, but I can clearly see a scenario where outcome of the most defining battles of WWII could have been different if T-34 wasn't there. Battle of Moscow and Battle of Stalingrad, no-one can ...more

T-34 was an example of the greatest combination of quality and quantity for its time. Thick sloped armor, good all-purpose armament, high production rates, maneuverability, ruggedness, low price... Like Sherman for US army, soviet T-34 was the backbone of Red Army armoured units, but T-34 appeared before M4 and its design became very influential.

The T-34 is THE Greatest Armoured main battle tank of all time. Who ever disagrees is ignorant. T-34s were cost efficient and simply made allowing them to be built in numerous amounts out numbering the enemy and their armour is an innovation that inspires modern main battle tanks today.

12 Challenger Tank

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.

The challenger mk2 has practically impervious armour which has been able to withstand 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 destroy an enemy tank before it had even seen the challenger coming.

Also, it has an 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 an 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.

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.

13 Arjun

Got great accuracy, new mk2 has ERA, good if not superb armor, got ATGM firing capability (LAHAT), great firepower and good mobility. For a new tank, what else do you need. I'm sure with time it will evolve into something much better. DRDO guys need to solve the weight problem though, it's very heavy (mk2 = 69-67 kg).

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.

Best. 3rd generation tank

14 M4 Sherman

It may have gotten its butt kicked by the tigers, but one thing to remember is that this tank had way more survivors than the tiger. Mainly because of the amount of malfunctions in the tiger tank. This left them trapped and weak in the middle of a battle. Also they ran out of fuel 50 percent of the time also making them vulnerable. Most documentaries forget to include these facts. The tiger only wins if it doesn't have any malfunctions. I'm not saying the Sherman is perfect though. It also has some malfunctions.

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.

15 Panzer 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

Version that was designed for combat may have had 7in gun and more armour

16 Olifant Mk.2

Easily up to the standard of most Western and Russian tanks.

Best tank in Africa

17 Panzer 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.

Cost effective yet good.

18 M36 Tank Destroyer
19 Churchill Mk IV
20 M48 Patton

Medium tanks are the best.

21 Challenger
22 Al-Khalid

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

This is supposed to be on no. 11

Best tank ever

23 T-72

The T72 often gets a bad reputation for it's pitiful performance while serving for the Iraqi army. However the reality is that the T72 was a masterpiece in tank engineering at the time of it's creation. The reason for this, was it's ability to take out any tank that was available during this time, and the extremely cheap, and cost effective design it possessed. It's poor performance in the Iraqi army was due to it being used with poor tactics, practice ammunition (horrible no uranium core), and it being a down graded export version of an already downgraded tank (the T72m).Not to mention it had to face a modern, and fully equipped Abrams.😧

24 Panther

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.

Panther has everything like tiger (it also includes good armor) but it's much faster!

It was an awesome thing

25 Centurion Mk 1

How is the best tank EVER not in the top 10? It served from the end of WW2 to now in some countries and preceded ALL other MBTs, yet I find it 36th. With a powerful gun and thick armour, it could take on any tank of its day and come out victorious. Even now, it is still an effective weapon, so why isn't it no1?

The first real MBT if you do not count the Panzerkampfwagen vi Panther tank. The Centurion was a revolutionary tank. It was finished in 1945 and still serves to this day in certain nations. A balanced, capable, and reliable platform.

I hate it when people think the Centurion wasn't great. It was the single best British design of the 1940's. I think the person who designed this list was slightly brain-dead.

Centurion is undoubtedly one of the greatest tank designs of all time. It was in service around the world as a universal tank for decades and is still in use as a combat tractor.
Saw service in North Korea with the British where it was very valuable as a force multiplier.
Also with the Australians during the Vietnam War.
Showed itself to be the best tank of its time in the 6 Day War and Yom Kippur War where armoured units such as the 7th and Barack brigades faced down T55 and T62 tanks who sometimes outnumbered them 15-1. Awesome tank.

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