There are several main battle tanks in service today, and they all need to be modernized constantly to keep them up-to-date. These tanks are all upgraded to fourth-generation standards with updated technology to keep them in service and relevant on the contemporary battlefield of today's militaries.
Below are the 10 most powerful tanks in use today.
T-90 is a third-generation Russian main battle tank. Russia has always placed a huge emphasis on tank production and had more tanks than any other country before WW2. They produced more tanks than any other combatant during the war and even produced more tanks than America during the Cold War. The T-90's armament is the 2A46M 125mm smoothbore tank gun, and also has an NSV 12.7 mm that remotely controlled anti-aircraft heavy machine gun.
The Type 99 main battle tank was developed and built to replace the older Type 88 by China. The Type 99 tanks main armament is a 2-plane stabilized ZPT-98 125 mm smoothbore gun with a carousel-style autoloader and it also has a coaxial 7.62 mm MG and a QJC-88 12.7 mm machine gun.
3 Type 10 - Japan
The Type 10 battle tank was designed to replace its ageing Type 74 and Type 90 models. Only around 104 tanks have been produced since it has been in production in 2012. Type 10 has a fully gun developed by Japan Steel Works. It fires an exceptional round that's constructed particularly for this tank.
4 K2 Black Panther - South Korea
The K2 Black Panther is produced by Hyundai Rotem and will replace M48 Patton Tanks.
With a top speed of 43 miles per hour and a weight of around 55 tonnes, the K2 Black Panther has a 12.7 mm K6 Machine Gun and a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun.
The Black Panther is equipped with a CN08 120 mm 55 calibre smoothbore gun that has an autoloader system, making it competent for firing up to 10 rounds per minute.
5 Challenger 2 CLEP - United Kingdom
The Challenger 2 uses an L30A1 120 mm rifled gun and carries 4,200 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition. The Challenger 2 is also equipped with a 7.62 mm L37A2 machine gun and an L94A1 EX-34 7.62 mm chain gun. A 12.7mm heavy machine gun or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher can also clamber to the tank.
6 Leclerc XLR - France
The Leclerc XLR is France's most up-to-date variant. The tank remains pertinent on the modern battlefield. The Leclerc is equipped with a 12.7 mm coaxial M2 heavy machine gun, a roof-mounted 7.62 mm machine gun and a 120 mm modèle F1 smoothbore gun.
7 Merkava IVm Windbreaker - Israel
When it comes to tank design and has produced some very unique main battle tanks, Israelis are world leaders. The Merkava IVm Windbreaker is the most advanced variant of these tanks and can double up as an armour personnel carrier. The tank is fitted with Israel's advanced Trophy active protection system.
8 Leopard 2A7+ - Germany
The Leopard 2 is one of the most exported and produced Western after America's Abrams. The Leopard 2A7+ represents Germany's most advanced and modern variant which can fire programmable HE munitions.
9 M1A2C Abrams (SEPv3) - United States
The M1A2C is equipped is an M256 120mm smoothbore cannon that can fire M829A4 advanced kinetic energy and advanced multi-purpose rounds to defend armoured vehicles, personnel and low-flying aircraft.
The tank is mounted with a 12.7mm machine gun and a 7.62mm M240 machine gun.
10 T-14 Armata - Russia
The T-14 is powered by a 1,500 hp diesel engine with a minimum service life of 2000 hours and weighs around 55 tons
The main armament of the T-14 is the 2A82-1M 125 mm (4.92 in) smoothbore cannon, and it's mounted with a 12.7×108mm Kord machine gun with 300 rounds and a 7.62×54mmR Pecheneg PKP or a PKTM machine gun with 1,000 rounds.
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