Tank Rankings - Modern

Country:

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
1 M1A2 SEP Abrams 2001 92.045.0 40.5 6.5
2 Merkava Mk 4 2004 91.140.0 45.0 6.1
3Leopard 2A6 2001 90.844.7 39.2 6.9
4 Challenger 2 1998 88.442.4 40.7 5.3
5 M1A2 Abrams 1992 88.342.9 39.0 6.4
6Leopard 2A5 1998 87.041.2 39.0 6.9
7 Merkava Mk 3 1989 85.440.0 39.7 5.7
8T-90 1992 84.938.2 41.0 5.7
9 ZTZ-99 Type 99A2 2001 84.741.2 35.9 7.6
10T-80U 1985 80.632.9 41.0 6.7
11 ZTZ-98 Type 98 1999 74.841.2 27.4 6.2
12 AMX-56 Leclerc 1992 74.234.7 32.7 6.9
13Leopard 2A4 1985 74.034.7 32.4 6.9
14 K1A1 1985 72.028.2 37.7 6.1
15Type 90 1991 70.732.4 31.7 6.7
16 Challenger 1 1983 67.231.2 30.7 5.3
17 M1A1 Abrams 1985 66.035.9 23.6 6.4
18T-72B 1985 64.432.9 25.8 5.7
19 ZTZ-96 Type 96 1997 61.635.3 20.1 6.2
20 K1 1985 59.528.2 25.1 6.1
21T-72S 1987 58.026.5 25.8 5.7
22T-80B 1978 57.327.6 23.0 6.7
23C1 Ariete 1995 57.026.5 24.4 6.2
24T-64BV 1984 55.826.5 23.6 5.7
25 Chieftain Mk. 10 1986 54.726.5 23.6 4.6
26T-72A 1979 53.027.6 19.6 5.7
27 M1 Abrams 1980 52.925.9 20.1 6.9
28T-64B 1976 52.825.3 21.7 5.7
29 Type 85-IIM 1989 52.627.1 20.1 5.5
30 WZ 122 Type 80 1988 51.530.0 15.3 6.2
31 T-64BM Bulat 2005 50.444.7 0.0 5.7
32 Merkava Mk 1 1979 50.122.4 23.4 4.4
33 Magach 7C 2003 48.922.4 20.4 6.2
34 Chieftain Mk. 5 1970 48.926.5 17.8 4.6
35 M60A3 Patton 1978 48.230.6 13.0 4.6
36 Chieftain Mk. 3 1969 47.826.5 16.8 4.6
37T-64A 1967 45.420.0 19.7 5.7
38 WZ 121D Type 79 1982 43.327.1 11.4 4.8
39 AMX-30B2 1982 42.925.9 12.2 4.8
40Type 10 2012 42.035.3 0.0 6.7
41T-72M1 1982 41.918.2 18.0 5.7
42T-62M 1983 38.622.6 11.2 4.8
43 M60A2 Starship 1973 36.117.6 13.8 4.6
44T-62A 1972 35.419.4 11.2 4.8
45 M60A1 Patton 1962 35.317.6 13.0 4.6
46 WZ 121A Type 69-II 1982 33.317.1 11.4 4.8
47T-55M 1983 31.917.4 9.7 4.8
48 AMX-30 1966 31.714.7 12.2 4.8
49Leopard 1A4 1974 31.018.2 6.6 6.2
50Type 74 1975 29.013.6 9.7 5.7
51 WZ 120 Type 59 1958 28.614.1 9.7 4.8
52T-55B 1970 28.514.0 9.7 4.8
53 M60 Patton 1960 28.312.6 11.1 4.6
54 M47 Patton 1951 28.312.9 10.9 4.6
55 WZ 131 Type 62 1962 27.219.6 1.9 5.7
56 Centurion Mk. 5 1955 27.115.3 8.5 3.3
57Leopard 1 1965 26.413.6 6.6 6.2
58 Centurion Mk. 13 1959 25.914.1 8.5 3.3
59 M551 Sheridan 1966 24.317.6 0.0 6.7
60 M48A2 Patton 1956 24.39.2 10.5 4.6
61 M48A3 Patton 1963 24.39.2 10.5 4.6
62T-54 (M1953) 1953 24.29.7 9.7 4.8
63 M48A1 Patton 1953 23.79.2 10.5 4.0
64 M46 Patton 1949 19.78.6 6.6 4.6
65 AMX-13 1966 19.011.8 1.5 5.7
66 M48A5 Patton 1975 15.10.0 10.5 4.6
67 M48 Patton 1952 14.50.0 10.5 4.0
68IS-3 1945 13.80.0 10.3 3.5
69 M103 1957 12.80.0 9.6 3.2
70B1 Centauro 1991 10.00.0 0.0 10.0
71 M41 Walker Bulldog 1951 9.60.0 2.7 6.9
72 M1128 Stryker MGS 2005 9.50.0 0.0 9.5
73ASU-85 1961 8.20.0 4.0 4.2
74Type 61 1963 7.10.0 2.8 4.3
752S25 Sprut-SD 2005 6.70.0 0.0 6.7
76Jagdpanzer Kanone 1965 6.70.0 0.0 6.7
77PT-76B 1962 6.30.0 2.1 4.2
78OF-40 1981 5.70.0 0.0 5.7
79ASU-57 1951 4.80.0 0.5 4.3
80 Sabra Mk 1 0 4.60.0 0.0 4.6
81 M56 Scorpion 1953 4.30.0 0.0 4.3
82T-10M 1957 4.00.0 0.0 4.0
83 Conqueror Mk. 2 1955 3.20.0 0.0 3.2
84 ARL-44 1947 2.20.0 0.0 2.2

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, 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.

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).

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% - (Penalty% * Traverse/360)) / 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 settings of a 10% no turret penalty.

Tank types: Main Battle Tank, Heavy Tank, Medium Tank, Light Tank, Tank Destroyer & Assault Gun