The Best Modern Battle Tanks 

Mike Rothschild
Updated June 14, 2019 4.3k votes 755 voters 13k views 13 items

List Rules Only tanks that are currently in service

Modern tanks take all of the advances in military vehicles over the last century and combine them to create powerful war machines. They carry the most advanced cannons, armor, electronics, and crew safety measures, and their service records are outstanding.

Taking the place of Cold War tanks in the early '90s, vehicles like the Abrams, Leopard, and Challenger became the gold standard for armor, moving with incredible speed, and carrying weapons that can knock out an enemy tank from miles away. The first real combat for modern tanks was the 1991 Gulf War, and the Abrams performed so well that not a single one was knocked out by an Iraqi tank. Since then, almost every major military power has introduced their own modern tank, and even more modern models are in the pipeline.

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Leopard 2
Leopard 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Modern Battle Tanks
Photo: 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command/Flickr

Modern German tank that's the backbone of NATO land forces.

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M1 Abrams
M1 Abrams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Modern Battle Tanks
Photo: Ed Uthman/Flickr

Mainstay of the US Armed Forces for the last 20 years.

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Challenger 2
Challenger 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Modern Battle Tanks
Photo: UK Ministry of Defence/Flickr

Powerful British tank that's fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Merkava is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Modern Battle Tanks
Photo: Israel Defense Forces/Flickr

Primary tank of the Israeli Defense Forces.

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