Top 10 Main Battle Tanks in World (Over 50 tonnes)

Leopard 2A7+ (Germany)
Leopard 2A7+

The tank's protection has been increased by modular armour, and the frontal protection has been improved with a dual kit on the turret and hull front, while 360° protection against RPGs and mine protection increase the survivability of the tank in urban operations.

The primary armament for production versions of the Leopard 2 is the Rheinmetall 120 mm smoothbore gun (42 rounds); the same gun currently used on the M1 Abrams. Its armour includes 3rd generation composites; including high-hardness steel, tungsten and plastic filler with ceramic component. Its secondary armament consists of two 7.62 mm MG3A1 (4,750 rounds) machine gun. All models feature digital fire control systems with laser rangefinders.

Its engine is MTU MB 873 Ka-501 liquid-cooled V-12 Twin-turbo diesel engine, this engine failed in extremely hot conditions of Thar Desert during trials of Al-Khalid I prototypes. Its operational range is 550 km and top speed is 72 km/h, and weighs 62 tonnes. It cost around 6 million USD in 2008.

Challenger 2 (UK)
Challenger 2

The Challenger 2’s armour consists of Chobham / Dorchester Level 2 (classified). Its main armament is L30A1 120 mm rifled gun with (52) rounds. Its secondary armament consists of Coaxial 7.62 mm L94A1 chain gun EX-34 (chain gun), 7.62 mm L37A2 Commander's cupola machine gun.

It runs on Perkins CV-12 V12 diesel 26 litres 1,200 hp (890 kW) but this engine also failed in hot weather and Thar Desert of Pakistan during trials of Al-Khalid prototypes. Its operational range is 550 km on road and 250 km off road on internal fuel. It has top speed of 59 km/h. And its weight is 62 tonnes.

Oplot-M (Ukraine)
BM Oplot

It is the “Modernized” or "BM Oplot", the newest and most sophisticated version of the T-84 is an upgraded version of the "T-84 Oplot" having more advanced armour, new electronic countermeasure systems, and one visible feature is the new PNK-6 panoramic tank sight.

The BM Oplot has 125 mm smoothbore KBA-3 cannon, having (46) rounds of ammunition for the main gun, of which 28 rounds are placed in the autoloader, a 7.62 mm (1,250 rounds) PKT Coaxial machine gun and a 12.7 mm (450 rounds) anti-aircraft machine gun. And the main gun is fed by a loading system equipped with conveyor, autoloader and control system.

It has a KMDB 6TD-3 6-cylinder diesel (1,500 hp) engine, operational range of 500 km and top speed of 70 km/h on road and 45 km/h off-road. Its weight is approximately 51 tonnes.

Type 99A2 (China)
Type 99A2

The main armament of Type 99A2 is a 2-plane stabilized 125 mm smoothbore gun (42 rounds are carried, including 22 in the automatic loader) with a carousel-style automatic loader and the gun may be fired under both computerized and manual control systems. The rate of fire is 8 rounds per minute using the automatic loader.

Its ammunition includes Armour-piercing fin-stabilized discarding-sabot (APFSDS-T), High explosive anti-tank (HEAT), Frag-HE-T, and gun-launched anti-tank missiles (ATGM).
It mounts 3rd generation ERA, redesigned turret and armour, an active protection system similar to the US Quick Kill.

The Type 99 has an inertial/GPS navigation system and a battle management system (IBMS) and has a laser dazzler system may temporarily blind enemy gunners at 5 km. A laser warning receiver is also mounted and also includes an active protection system.

The Type 99A2 has fire control system which is ISFCS-212 with an IR automatic target tracker and it also has a laser rangefinder, laser target designator, an IR searchlight, and an improved 2nd generation thermal sight. The Type 99A2 is powered by a 1500 hp diesel engine and its operational range is 80 km/h on-road and 60 km/h off-road and weighs around 57 tonnes. Only elite Chinese units are equipped with Type 99A2.

AMX Leclerc (France)
AMX Leclerc

Its armour includes modular composite armour SXXI version include titanium, tungsten and semi-reactive layers. In main armament it has GIAT CN120-26/52 120mm tank gun, with (40) rounds (1 round ready to fire in the chamber, 22 rounds inside the autoloader magazine with additional 18 rounds cylinder in the hull).

Its secondary armament includes 12.7 mm coaxial M2HB machine gun (1,100 rounds) 7.62 mm machine gun (3,000 rounds). It runs on an 8-cylinder diesel engine generating 1,500 hp.

It has an operational range of 550 km and top speed of 72 km/h. The weight of its latest variant is 57 tonnes. The Leclerc autoloader allows a rate of fire of 12 shots per minute. The Leclerc has the GALIX combat vehicle protection system from GIAT, which fires a variety of smoke grenades and infra-red screening rounds, as well as anti-personnel grenades.

K2 Black Panther (S.Korea)
K2 Black Panther

Its armour consists of classified type of composite armour with ERA and NERA modular add-on armour in addition to soft-kill and hard-kill anti-missile defence systems. This is complemented by an autoloader, similar to that designed for Leclerc; it can fire up to 10 rounds a minute.

The ammunition for the main gun is loaded in a 16-shell magazine, with a total ammunition capacity of (40). K2’s secondary armament includes 12.7 mm K6 heavy machine gun (3,200 rounds) 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun (12,000 rounds).

Its range is up to 450 km and top speed of 70 km/h. And its weight is approximately 55 tonnes.

Altay (Turkey)
Altay Tank

The Altay has a German Rheinmetall 120 mm smoothbore cannon licensed produced by state-owned MKEK (Mechanical and Chemical Industries Corporation). The military electronics company Aselsan manufactures and integrates Volkan III modular fire control system, command, control and information systems.

Its secondary armament includes STAMP/II stabilized remote controlled turret and 12.7 mm heavy machine gun. For protection Altay uses Roketsan composite armour. And first 2 batches of Altay tank will have 1,500 hp engine. Its operational range is 500 km and top speed of 70 km/h. And it weighs 65 tonnes.

Main Battle Tank 3000/VT-4 (China)
Main Battle Tank 3000

The MBT 3000 or VT-4’s gun has a 125 mm smoothbore, which can fire various shells including: kinetic energy penetrator, high explosive squash head (HESH) and high explosive anti-tank warhead (HEAT). In addition, the main gun can fire anti-tank missiles with a maximum range of 5km.

The main gun can fire a new APFSDS round that is capable of penetrating 1000 millimetres of RHA, presumably at a distance of 2km. The MBT3000 can carry (38) rounds of main gun ammunition with a maximum loading speed of 8 rounds per minute with 22 rounds in the automatic-loader. The MBT 3000 has a remotely operated 12.7 mm anti-aircraft machine gun and a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun as secondary armament.

The tank has a fire-control system that includes a digital imaging system that consists of a second generation cooled thermographic imager for the gunner and tank commander.

And the tank also uses digital technology with an inertial navigation system and BeiDou Navigation Satellite System. It also has a fire extinguisher and an explosion suppression system and installed with a new active protection system designated as GL5 and rest of its armour is classified.

It has turbocharged diesel engine generating 1,300 hp, operational range of the tank is 500 km with top speed of 70 km/h and its weight is 52 tonnes.

M1A2 SEP Abrams (USA)
M1A2 SEP Abrams

The M1A2’s armour consists of depleted uranium mesh-reinforced composite armour and has been upgraded third-generation depleted uranium armour components with graphite coating. The main armament of the M1A2 is the M256A1 120 mm smoothbore gun (42 rounds), designed by Rheinmetall AG of Germany, manufactured under license. Its secondary armament includes 12.7 mm M2HB heavy machine gun with (900) rounds and two 7.62 mm M240 machine guns with (10,400) rounds (1 pintle-mounted, 1 coaxial).

It uses Honeywell AGT1500C multi-fuel turbine engine. The operational range of M1A2 is 426 km with top speed of 67 km/h. The turret is fitted with two six-barrelled smoke grenade launchers, which can thick smoke that blocks both vision and thermal imaging.

The Abrams is equipped with a ballistic fire-control computer that uses user and system supplied data from a variety of sources. Armour upgrades for M1A2s include reactive armour on the sides of the tank and slat armour on the rear. It weighs around 62 tonnes with unit cost of 8 million USD.

C1 Ariete (Italy)
C1 Ariete

The Ariete's armour is a steel and composite blend, similar to the British Challenger 2 and the American M1 Abrams. The Ariete's main armament is a native 120 mm smoothbore cannon developed by OTO Breda, autofrettaged and stress-hardened to increase durability over extended periods of firing, allowing the use of APFSDS-T and HEAT ammunition, with (42) rounds (15 rounds inside turret magazine with additional 27 rounds in the hull).

Its secondary armament includes 7.62 mm MG 42/59 coaxial machine-gun, 7.62 mm MG 42/59 AA machine-gun (2,500 rounds). Its operational range is 600 km and top speed of 65 km/h, and weighs 54 tonnes.