If you’ve ever wondered which is the best tank currently in service today, then here are just a few of the top performing tanks from around the world. Based on criteria such as mobility, protection, accuracy and firepower – these tanks have never faced each other in combat but we know enough about them to know that all are devastatingly powerful.
Leopard 2A7, Germany
This is an updated version of the earlier Leopard 2. The more recent version features extra armour and more modern technology. The German tank is protected from all regular and urban warfare threats, including rounds from RPGs and IEDs. The newer 2A7 has a longer firing range and increased accuracy with an advanced fire control system.
It has 1500 hp, and although heavier than its predecessor, is more mobile thanks to improvements in its suspension components. Germany plan to have 150 of these tanks while Qatar has around 62 and Saudi Arabia, over 200. Desperate to try a spot of Tank Driving yourself? Can I really have a go at tank driving? Yes, you can. Visit Armourgeddon for more details.
M1A2 SEP, USA
Following in the tracks of the M1A2 Abrams, the M1A2 has some impressive upgrades in its armour and technology. It has seen combat and is a greatly feared main battle tank. It contains huge amounts of protection from all known anti-tank weaponry. It’s highly advanced armour includes the use of depleted uranium layers.
Although its firepower is less than the Leopard 2A7, it is still a force to be reckoned with. It features a gas turbine engine that is heavy on fuel and requires a high amount of logistical support. Despite these facts, not many of these tanks have ever been destroyed in combat. The U.S have approximately 900 of these units which are expected to continue in service until at least 2050.
Black Panther, South Korea
The Black Panther is considered to be one of the most advanced tanks in the world. It also holds the title of most expensive. The South Korean Army began receiving these tanks in 2016, with the eventual hope of owning around 300 of them. They are set to replace the older K1 tanks used by the South Koreans.
There is much secrecy around the Black Panther, with a construction of composite armour which remains unknown. It is thought that the tank features an active protection mechanism and countermeasures technology to make it even tougher to destroy. The tank also features a highly advanced firing system, able to automatically track and fire at targets such as cars and low-flying helicopters with no human assistance.
Challenger 2, United Kingdom
This British tank has some of the world’s best protective equipment, particularly against direct fire weaponry as it sports the latest in Chobham armour. It is a very capable tank. What makes it different to other current battle tanks is that its 120mm gun is rifled and not the smoothbore varieties found on other tanks. It has a huge range of more than 5 km and holds the record for longest tank on tank kill.
The Challenger 2 is not as powerful nor as fast as its rivals. It is, however, world-renowned for its incredible mechanical reliability. It is currently in service with the United Kingdom and Oman.