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The Best Modern Battle Tanks

List RulesOnly 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.

Vote for your favorite modern battle tank.

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    M1 Abrams

    Photo: Ed Uthman / Flickr

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

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    Challenger 2

    Photo: UK Ministry of Defence / Flickr

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

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    Merkava

    Photo: Israel Defense Forces / Flickr

    Primary tank of the Israeli Defense Forces.

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    Leopard 2

    Photo: 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command / Flickr

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

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