Who’s Got the Best Tank, and Why (Jan 6th entry)
Strategy Page has a good rundown on the top tanks in the world. In short, here’s the list:
- US M1A2 Abrams
- German Leopard 2A6
- British Challenger 2
- Israeli Merkava 4
- South Korean Type 88/120
- Japanese Type 90
- French LeClerc
- Russian T-80UM2
- Chinese Type 98 (no, not this one)
- Russian T-90
I know that a lot of people will debate this list, but go check the SP post for the reasoning behind it. Not only the tank itself, but the training and combat experience of crews were taken into consideration, as was the overall system that the tank is part of.
For instance, it’s pointed out that British crews in Challengers, with some combat experience, would probably outfight German crews in Leopards, even thought the German tank is maybe even superior to the US M1. US crews, meanwhile, would outfight nearly anyone in any tank if they had the technical gadgetry that today’s Army puts into the field.