Tanks are included in heavy equipment used in wars and indeed the effective ones. Today, with the evolution in technology main battle tanks MBTs are made advance. There are many lists already arranged the tanks as top 10 best military tanks in different aspects. Since the Cold War main battle and best military tanks (MBTs) have evolved from being simple and light to heavy, modernized and highly mobile, with advancements in weaponry and countermeasures. Main battle tanks in the world based on weaponry, mobility and protection. Our Categorization is based on the available facts and figures.
Here, we are going to categorize the best military tanks on the basis of following features:
- Combined score of protection
10. Nr.10 Oplot-M (Ukraine)
Ukraine development the T-80UD main battle tank. Their latest version is the Oplot-M.
The Oplot-M is built-in with explosive reactive armor of new generation. This MBT inherent from its predecessor automatic ammo loading system, however ammunition is stored in the main compartment, rather than a separate compartment with a blow-out panels.
The latest Ukrainian tank is not as precise against long-range targets as Western rivals, however it can launch anti-tank guided missiles in the same manner as ordinary weaponries. The Oplot-M has a hunter-killing competence.
The Oplot-M 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.
The T-90, only tank produced in quantity in Russia. It is not as refined as its Western rivals, however it uses verified technology and is cost operative. At present it is the most commercially successful main battle tank on the global market. Also it is one of the inexpensive among modern MBTs.
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.
The T-90MS Tagil is a new version with new armor, new engine, new gun, improved turret, updated observation and aiming system.
8. Leclerc (France)
This French main battle tank entered service in 1992. A number of design features of the Leclerc were later used on other Western tanks.
Now it is in provision with France (406) and United Arab Emirates (388).
The Leclerc has innovative complex 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 static and moving targets. Also it has a hunter-killing capability.
This tank has good mobility due to its 1 500 hp engine and hydro pneumatic suspension
7. TK-X (Japan)
Japan latest main Battle tank TK-X is entered service in 2012. Currently it is one of the most advanced main battle and best military tanks in the world.
This new lightweight MBT is more alert, however less protected than contemporary tanks.
It is equipped with a 120-mm smoothbore gun, more similar to that of the Leopard 2A5 and M1A2 Abrams. It also has advanced fire control system.
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and state-of-the-art hydro pneumatic suspension TK-X has great mobility due to its impressive power-to-weight ratio.
6. Merkava Mk.4 (Israel)
Merkava MK.4 the latest and most advances MBT of Israel, which is a further advance to the Merkava Mk.3.
The Merkava Mk.4 is one of the most protected best military tanks in the world. This MBT has a rare design with a front-mounted engine. This gives the crew additional protection and chance to survive if the tank is knocked-out. All Merkava series tanks have a hindmost compartment which ca be used to carry troops and cargo under shield. In unloaded condition Merkava MK.4 can carry up to 10 troops.
The Israeli tank is equipped with original 120-mm smoothbore gun. The Merkava Mk.4 is armed with new fire control system that includes some very radical features. One of them is a high hit probability firing against low-flying helicopters using conventional weaponries.
Merkava MK.4 has an average mobility due to its high weight.
5. T-14 Armata (Russia)
New generation Main battle tank of Russia Armata. It was first publicly shown in 2015. Its complete production could begin in 2017-2018.
The Armata is also a world’s first production MBT with completely unmanned turret. It is equipped with a 125-mm smoothbore gun. Armata 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-killing competence.
The Armata is a clean sheet project with a number of innovative features. It is bit similar to the current T-90.
4. Challenger 2 (United Kingdom)
Challenger 2 the MBT of United kingdom and a very capable tank. It has the latest Chobham shield and is one of the most protected MBTs in the world today. It offers very high level of shield against direct fire weaponries.
The Challenger 2 is in facility with United Kingdom (386) and Oman (38).
This British tank is equipped with a very accurate 120-mm rifled gun. Its gun is rifled as divergent to smoothbore guns used by all other modern MBTs. The maximum targeted range is over 5 km. Presently the Challenger holds the record for longest tank-to-tank kill.
Challenger 2 has less powerful engine than of its Western rivals. Also it is not as profligate as other MBTs. However this tank is well-known for its automatic reliability.
3. M1A2 SEP (USA)
This MBT Belongs to United States of America. M1A2 is successor to M1A2 Abrams. It is one of the most advanced MBT of the country as it has been seen in many combat and hence the most feared one too.
The M1A2 SEP is in service with United States Army (at least 900). It is predicted that this tank will remain in service beyond 2050. The M1A2 SEP has not been distributed yet. However the previous M1A2 has been delivered to Kuwait (218) and Saudi Arabia (373).
The M1A2 SEP deals substantial protection against all well-known anti-tank weapons. This main battle tank uses radical armor, strengthened with depleted uranium layers.
Its gun and accuracy are slightly lesser to that of the Leopard 2A7. Yet it still packs a arduous punch.
Its complex gas turbine engine offers good performance, but requires tremendous amount of maintenance, logistical support and is thirsty on fuel.
A number of older M1, M1A1 and M1A2 best military tanks were advanced to this standard. The tank can be also built-in with a Tank Urban Survival Kit (TUSK) that improves survivability in urban environment.
2. Black Panther (South Korea)
K2 Black Panther the MBT belongs to South Korea and indeed an outclass any ammunition the country has. It is one of the most advanced and expensive main battle tank of the world.
An Undisclosed type composite armor and explosive reactive armor modules are associated with K2 Black Panther. The K2 is also completed with active protection and countermeasures systems. Moreover it is much lighter MBT but its protection cover is very strong. This is the best military tanks in the world’s.
Similar to that used on the Leopard 2A6 and 2A7, K2 Black panther is equipped with the latest German 120-mm gun. This tank has a very innovative fire control system without needing any input from a human operator it can spot, track and fire automatically at visible vehicle-size targets, even low-flying helicopters,. The K2 also uses advanced ammunitions.
The Black Panther is built-in with a powerful diesel engine. It is fast and has a state-of-the-art hydro pneumatic suspension.
Currently K2 Black panther is not in service but prediction tell that South Korean army would use it very soon.
1. Leopard 2A7 (Germany)
Leopard 2A7 belongs to Germany and is the most recent version of Leopard 2 design. German Army 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.
Talking about its qualities, Leopard 2A7 has additional armor and upgraded electronics. Leopard 2A7 is well protected against conventional and urban warfare threats such as RPG rounds and IEDs.
Leopard 2A7 is MBT that is powered by a proven engine, developing 1,500 hp.Due to improved suspension component it has high mobility. Cross country performance is similar to Leopard 2 series tanks.
Due to its powerful gun and advanced fire control system Leopard 2A7 has better accuracy and longer range of fire comparing with other tanks.
List of best military tanks
- Leopard 2A7 (Germany)
- Black Panther (South Korea)
- M1A2 SEP (USA)
- Challenger 2 (United Kingdom)
- T-14 Armata (Russia)
- Merkava Mk.4 (Israel)
- TK-X (Japan)
- Leclerc (France)
- T-90 (Russia)
- Nr.10 Oplot-M (Ukraine)