Tank Rankings - Modern

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Year:
Not built before or after

Include tank destroyers & assault guns

No-turret penalty: %

Firepower / Protection / Mobility ratio:

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Year Total Firepower Protection Mobility
1T-14 Armata 2015 97.645.0 45.0 7.6
2 M1A2 SEP Abrams 2001 88.041.3 40.3 6.5
3Leopard 2A6 2001 86.440.5 39.0 6.9
4 Merkava Mk 4 2004 84.834.0 44.8 6.1
5 Challenger 2 1998 84.338.5 40.5 5.3
6T-90A 2004 83.537.0 40.8 5.7
7 M1A2 Abrams 1992 81.736.5 38.8 6.4
8Leopard 2A5 1998 80.635.0 38.8 6.9
9 K2 Black Panther 2014 79.935.0 38.3 6.7
10 Merkava Mk 3 1989 79.234.0 39.5 5.7
11T-90 1992 79.032.5 40.8 5.7
12 ZTZ-99 Type 99A2 2001 78.435.0 35.8 7.6
13Type 10 2012 77.930.0 41.2 6.7
14 K1A1 1999 77.835.0 36.8 6.1
15T-80U 1985 75.428.0 40.8 6.7
16T-72B3M 2014 73.037.0 29.4 6.7
17 AMX-56 Leclerc 1992 71.732.4 32.5 6.9
18Leopard 2A4 1985 68.629.5 32.3 6.9
19 ZTZ-98 Type 98 1999 68.435.0 27.3 6.2
20Type 90 1991 65.727.5 31.5 6.7
21 Challenger 1 1983 62.326.5 30.5 5.3
22 M1A1 Abrams 1985 60.430.5 23.5 6.4
23C1 Ariete 1995 59.929.5 24.3 6.2
24T-72B 1985 59.628.0 25.9 5.7
25 Sabra Mk 1 2007 58.834.0 20.3 4.6
26 ZTZ-96 Type 96 1997 56.230.0 20.0 6.2
27 K1 1985 55.124.0 25.0 6.1
28 Leopard C2 2000 55.123.0 25.9 6.2
29T-72S 1987 54.122.5 25.9 5.7
30T-80B 1978 53.023.5 22.9 6.7
31T-64BV 1984 51.722.5 23.5 5.7
32 Chieftain Mk. 10 1986 50.622.5 23.5 4.6
33 M1 Abrams 1980 48.922.0 20.0 6.9
34T-64B 1976 48.821.5 21.6 5.7
35T-72A 1979 48.723.5 19.5 5.7
36 Type 85-IIM 1989 48.523.0 20.0 5.5
37 WZ 122 Type 80 1988 46.925.5 15.3 6.2
38 Merkava Mk 1 1979 46.619.0 23.3 4.4
39 Magach 7C 2003 45.419.0 20.3 6.2
40 Chieftain Mk. 5 1970 44.822.5 17.8 4.6
41 Chieftain Mk. 3 1969 43.822.5 16.7 4.6
42T-64A 1967 42.317.0 19.6 5.7
43 WZ 121D Type 79 1982 39.123.0 11.4 4.8
44T-72M1 1982 39.115.5 17.9 5.7
45 AMX-30B2 1982 38.922.0 12.2 4.8
46 M1128 Stryker MGS 2005 36.226.0 0.7 9.5
47B1 Centauro 1991 35.522.5 3.0 10.0
48T-62M 1983 35.219.3 11.2 4.8
49Leopard 1A4 1974 33.415.5 11.8 6.2
50 M60A2 Starship 1973 33.315.0 13.7 4.6
51 M60A3 Patton 1978 32.515.0 12.9 4.6
52T-62A 1972 32.416.5 11.2 4.8
53 WZ 121A Type 69-II 1982 30.614.5 11.4 4.8
54 Strv 103C 1986 29.714.0 11.0 4.8
55 Pz 68 1971 29.615.5 8.9 5.2
56 AMX-30 1966 29.412.5 12.2 4.8
57T-55M 1983 29.214.8 9.7 4.8
58 M60A1 Patton 1962 28.811.3 12.9 4.6
59 TAM 1983 28.415.0 6.3 7.1
60 M60 Patton 1960 27.211.6 11.0 4.6
61T-10M 1957 27.010.5 12.5 4.0
62Type 74 1975 26.911.6 9.6 5.7
63 Pz 61 1964 26.613.0 8.9 4.8
64 WZ 120 Type 59 1958 26.412.0 9.7 4.8
65T-55B 1970 26.311.9 9.7 4.8
66 M48A5 Patton 1975 25.810.8 10.5 4.6
67 Centurion Mk. 5 1955 24.813.0 8.5 3.3
68Leopard 1 1965 24.411.6 6.6 6.2
69 WZ 131 Type 62 1962 24.316.7 1.9 5.7
70 Centurion Mk. 13 1959 23.812.0 8.5 3.3
71 Strv 103B 1969 23.610.8 8.0 4.8
72 Conqueror Mk. 2 1955 23.411.3 8.9 3.2
73 M47 Patton 1951 23.27.8 10.8 4.6
74 M551 Sheridan 1966 22.915.0 1.3 6.7
75 M48A2 Patton 1956 22.97.8 10.5 4.6
76 M48A3 Patton 1963 22.97.8 10.5 4.6
77 M103 1957 22.710.0 9.5 3.2
78T-54 (M1953) 1953 22.78.3 9.7 4.8
79 M48A1 Patton 1953 22.37.8 10.5 4.0
80 M48 Patton 1952 22.37.8 10.5 4.0
81IS-3 1945 22.08.3 10.2 3.5
82 Charioteer Mk VII 1952 20.213.0 2.4 4.9
83 M41 Walker Bulldog 1951 19.29.6 2.7 6.9
84 M46 Patton 1949 18.47.3 6.5 4.6
85 AMX-13 1966 17.310.0 1.5 5.7
86Jagdpanzer Kanone 1965 17.07.8 2.5 6.7
87ASU-85 1961 16.88.6 4.0 4.2
88 ARL-44 1947 16.17.9 6.0 2.2
89Type 61 1963 14.87.8 2.8 4.3
90 M56 Scorpion 1953 12.17.8 0.0 4.3
91ASU-57 1951 11.56.7 0.5 4.3
92PT-76B 1962 9.12.8 2.1 4.2
93 LT-105 2019 6.70.0 0.0 6.7
94Type 60 Model C 1974 5.80.0 0.6 5.2
95Type 60 Model A/B 1960 4.90.0 0.6 4.3

Notes:

These rankings are designed to provide an interactive comparison of tanks throughout history. Of course, it is not meant to be an authoritative final word on what is the best tank in the world, a source of endless internet discussion which will never have a conclusive answer. Even on the battlefield, tank to tank combat depends on so many different factors (many of which, like crew training, are subjective) that one can only resort to broad generalizations particularly with tanks that have similar capabilities. The ranking categorizes tanks based on three attributes: firepower, armor protection and speed, which are generally considered the three classic qualities that a tank must have. Unfortunately, it is impossible to also include aspscts like the fire-control system which are also crucial components of a tank's lethality. The interactive nature of these rankings allows the user to choose what ratio he or she wishes to weigh these attributes. The default ratio is 4.5:4.5:1, thereby giving equal weight to firepower and protection, and giving mobility the remaining ten percent.

The calculation of the total is the sum of the following after being multipled by their respective weights, with a theoretical maximum of 100:

Firepower: For World War II vehicles, kinetic penetration measured in mm at 500 m range is used. For post-war vehicles, it is at 2 km range. Where penetration rates at 2 km are unavailable, it is estimated at 92.75% of the 1 km range. Note that most penetration values from the mid-Cold War era onward remain classified and are therefore estimated from publically avaialble data which may have considerable margins of error. Penetration data is provided for the most modern kinetic energy projectiles available to that tank before a newer variant came into service (in the case of a final variant, a new tank). So for example, the M1A1's penetration is based on the M829A1 APFSDS round which was the most modern available before the introduction of the M1A2 in 1992. Kinetic projectiles include AP, APDS, and APFSDS rounds. Chemical energy projectiles like HE and HEAT have different penetration and protection values and so are not used except in cases where the main tank weapon is a missile.

Protection: This is an average of the maximum effective protection of the turret front or mantlet and the upper hull front (glacis plate). Maximum effective protection is calculated as the thickness in millimeters divided by the cosine of the slope (measured from the vertical). Note that most armor protection levels from the mid-Cold War era onward remain classified and are therefore estimated from publically avaialble data which may have considerable margins of error. The use of composite materials and explosive reactive armor during this period also means that these values are given in rolled homogeneous armor equivalent (RHAe) against kinetic projectiles.

Mobility: This is simiply the maximum road speed.

No turret penalty: When set, this option penalizes vehicles that do not have a rotating turret such as tank destroyers and assault guns with superstructures. The penalty is calculated via the formula of (1 - Penalty%/100) + (Traverse/360 x Penalty%/100). The firepower total is then multiplied by this number, which will inevitably reduce it. In other words, a vehicle with a 180° traverse would lose 5% of its firepower under the default setting of a 10% no turret penalty.

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