Military Factory

Modern Combat Tanks

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/14/2015

Despite its origins in World War 1, the tank continues to be the primary spearhead of any modern mobile land army.





There are a total of (73) Modern Combat Tanks in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by initial year of service descending. Flag images indicative of country of origin. Future systems under consideration are also included in this listing.




2016
T-14 (Armata) (Object 148)
The T-14 "Armata" was debuted during the 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade as the Main Battle Tank (MBT... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the T-14 (Armata) (Object 148)

2015
Altay MBT
As one of the latest generation of Main Battle Tanks (MBT) currently in development, the new "Altay"... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Altay MBT

2014
MBT-3000 (Main Battle Tank 3000)
The MBT-3000 is a 3rd Generation Main Battle Tank (MBT) currently in the development stages for both... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the MBT-3000 (Main Battle Tank 3000)

2013
T-99 Armata (Universal Combat Platform - UCP)
The current frontline Russian Main Battle Tank (MBT) remains the Third Generation T-90 introduced in... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the T-99 Armata (Universal Combat Platform - UCP)

2013
ROTEM K2 (Black Panther)
The ROK (Republic of Korea - i.e. "South Korea") Military has four branch divisions - the Army, Air ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the ROTEM K2 (Black Panther)

2012
Type 10 MBT
The Type 10 (TK-X) was developed under the project designation of "MBT-X" by the Japanese military e... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 10 MBT

2009
HH Technologies Ripsaw UGV
The United States Army is evaluating various unmanned systems to field alongside its forward-operati... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the HH Technologies Ripsaw UGV

2009
T-90M Bhishma
The Indian and Russian governments have maintained close military ties for some time leading India t... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the T-90M Bhishma

2007
2S25 (Sprut-SD)
In 2007, the Russian Army adopted the 2S25 (also known as "Sprut-SD") series of tracked armored vehi... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the 2S25 (Sprut-SD)

2007
Sabra (M60T)
The Israeli-developed "Sabra" is a highly modified form of the American M60 "Patton" tank complete w... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Sabra (M60T)

2006
ZBD2000 (Z-Family)
The massive expansion programs of the Chinese military in recent decades has added a new, all-modern... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the ZBD2000 (Z-Family)

2005
BMD-4 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta)
The biggest challenge to modern-day war planners has always been properly outfitting their airborne-... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the BMD-4 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta)

2005
Ramses II (T-54E)
The Soviet Union managed a strong foothold across nations of the Middle East and North Africa during... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Ramses II (T-54E)

2004
HIT Al-Zarrar
In 1958, China undertook local production of the Soviet T-54A Main Battle Tank as the Type 59. Some ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the HIT Al-Zarrar

2004
DRDO Arjun (Lion)
The Arjun (named after the Indian mythological hero "Arjuna") represents the first indigenous Indian... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the DRDO Arjun (Lion)

2001
HIT Al Khalid (MBT 2000)
The Al-Khalid is essentially a hybrid tank design with systems, armament and subsystems originating ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the HIT Al Khalid (MBT 2000)

2001
CV90120 (CV90120-T / CV90-120)
The CV90120-T is related to the Swedish family of armored vehicles known under the collective design... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the CV90120 (CV90120-T / CV90-120)

1999
T-84 (Oplot)
The nation of Ukraine was under the Soviet sphere of influence up to 1990 when the Empire was dissol... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the T-84 (Oplot)

1999
DIO Zulfiqar
The Zulfiqar is a relatively recent main battle tank addition of Iranian design. The design is attri... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the DIO Zulfiqar

1998
Challenger 2
The Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank represents the current standard MBT of the British Army. The type ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Challenger 2

1998
Stridsvagn 122 (Strv 122)
The Stridsvagn 122 (or Strv 122) is the Swedish designation for German Leopard 2A5 series main battl... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Stridsvagn 122 (Strv 122)

1998
Type 99 (ZTZ-99 / WZ-123)
The Type 99 is a formidable addition to the armored line up of the People's Liberation Army of China... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 99 (ZTZ-99 / WZ-123)

1997
Type 96 (MBT)
With decades of experience in owning and operating Soviet/Russian combat tanks, it was only natural ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 96 (MBT)

1996
XM8 / M8 Armored Gun System (AGS) (Close Combat Vehicle - Light)
While light tanks have lessened their presence on the modern battlefield over time, the US Army bega... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the XM8 / M8 Armored Gun System (AGS) (Close Combat Vehicle - Light)

1996
DIO T-72Z (T-55)
Not one to rest of its laurels concerning its military power, the Iranian Army took to modernizing i... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the DIO T-72Z (T-55)

1995
CIO Ariete
In 1984, the Italian concerns of OTO Melara and Iveco-FIAT came together to form CIO - "Consorzio Iv... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the CIO Ariete

1995
Duro Dakovic M-95 Degman
In 1985, the nation of Yugoslavia introduced an indigenous development of the famous Soviet-era T-72... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Duro Dakovic M-95 Degman

1995
PT-91 Twardy
The Main Battle Tank of the Polish Army is the PT-91 "Twardy", developed from the popular Soviet-era... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the PT-91 Twardy

1995
T-90
The T-90 is the current Main Battle Tank of the Russian Army and developed from the successful quali... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the T-90

1992
AMX-56 Leclerc
The AMX-56 "Leclerc" has become the pinnacle of French combat tank design in the modern world. It re... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the AMX-56 Leclerc

1992
Pokpung-ho (Storm Tiger) (M-2002)
Despite a design origin that possibly dates back to the late 1980s, the Pokpung-ho ("Storm Tiger") M... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Pokpung-ho (Storm Tiger) (M-2002)

1992
Type 90 (Kyu-maru)
The Japanese-produced Type 90 Main Battle Tank is in service with the Japanese Self-Defense Force an... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 90 (Kyu-maru)

1990
CM-11 Brave Tiger (M48H)
The CM-11 was a Taiwanese creation that evolved the American-made M48 Patton series (in particular t... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the CM-11 Brave Tiger (M48H)

1990
BMD-3 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta)
The BMD-3 was a further installment in the relatively successful line of light amphibious, air-dropp... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the BMD-3 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta)

1988
Cadillac Gage Stingray
The Stingray Light Tank was developed as a private venture by Cadillac Gage (now Textron Marine & La... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Cadillac Gage Stingray

1987
BMP-3 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)
Soviet Union engineers and factories garnered much experience in the massive armor battles against G... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the BMP-3 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)

1986
ROTEM K1 (Type 88)
The South Korean military has used tanks developed and produced in the United States from the time o... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the ROTEM K1 (Type 88)

1986
TR-85 (Tanc Romanesc Model 85)
From 1944 to 1958, the Soviet military maintained a heavy presence in the nation of Romania, spoils ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the TR-85 (Tanc Romanesc Model 85)

1985
M-84 (MBT)
In January of 1946, Yugoslavia accepted a communistic government aligned with the Soviet Union. This... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M-84 (MBT)

1985
BMD-2 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta)
The BMD-2 was a further evolution of the BMD-1 line of amphibious light infantry fighting vehicles (... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the BMD-2 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta)

1985
Type 85 (YW531H)
The PT-85 is a light amphibious tank system (may also be known as the "Type 82" or "Type 85") in ser... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 85 (YW531H)

1985
Type 85-II
The Type 85-II Main Battle Tank (MBT) of the Chinese Army is a further evolution of its Type 80 MBT ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 85-II

1985
Type 80 MBT
The Chinese Army Type 80 Main Battle Tank (MBT) is a further development of its Type 69 MBT of 1982,... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 80 MBT

1983
TAMSE TAM (Tanque Argentino Mediano)
Attempting to modernized its extensively outdated armored corps consisting of World War 2-era M4 She... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the TAMSE TAM (Tanque Argentino Mediano)

1982
BMP-2 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)
The Soviet Union introduced the concept of the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) with the adoption of ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the BMP-2 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)

1981
OTO Melara OF-40
Recognizing the need for a budget main battle tank on the world market, the Italian concerns of OTO ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the OTO Melara OF-40

1981
Chonma-ho (Pegasus)
At present, the Chonma-ho (or "Sky Horse" or "Pegasus") represents one of the more numerous and mode... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Chonma-ho (Pegasus)

1981
Khalid (Sword) MBT
The Khalid Main Battle Tank was born out of the aborted "Shir 1" initiative undertaken by the Britis... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Khalid (Sword) MBT

1980
M1 Abrams
The M1 Abrams was designed by Chrysler Defense and produced under the General Dynamics brand. The ta... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M1 Abrams

1979
Leopard 2 MBT
For much of the Cold War, it fell upon NATO and the West to match wits against the latest Soviet com... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Leopard 2 MBT

1979
Merkava (Chariot)
The Merkava series of main battle tank represents the backbone of Israeli armor elements. The system... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Merkava (Chariot)

1978
Denel Olifant (Elephant)
The South African "Olifant" became a further evolution of the original British Cold War-era Centurio... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Denel Olifant (Elephant)

1977
TR-580 (Tanc Romanesc Model 580)
The TR-580 existed as a local Romanian offshoot of the popular Soviet-era T-55 Main Battle Tank (MBT... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the TR-580 (Tanc Romanesc Model 580)

1977
Panhard ERC 90
The French concerns of Renault and Panhard submitted designs to fulfill a 1970s French Army requirem... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Panhard ERC 90

1976
T-80
The T-80 of the Russian Army was born in the era of the Soviet Empire during the Cold War. The type ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the T-80

1975
Type 74 (Nana-yon)
A joint partnership between the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) and Mitsubishi Heavy Indu... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 74 (Nana-yon)

1972
T-72 (Ural)
The Soviets/Russians have always maintained a penchant for successful (and globally popular) tank de... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the T-72 (Ural)

1971
Alvis FV107 Scimitar
The Alvis FV107 Scimitar is a light armored reconnaissance platform primarily in service with the Br... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Alvis FV107 Scimitar

1971
Jagdpanzer SK 105 Kurassier
The Jagdpanzer SK 105 Light Tank was a tank destroyer developed by Saurer-Werke for the Austrian Arm... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Jagdpanzer SK 105 Kurassier

1969
BMD-1 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta)
Since the tactic of utilizing airborne troops came to lethal fruition in World War 2, there always l... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the BMD-1 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta)

1966
T-64
The natural progression of Soviet tank design during the years following World War 2 eventually prod... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the T-64

1966
BMP-1 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)
The Soviet military was first major military power to widely adopt the concept of an "armored fighti... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the BMP-1 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)

1965
Leopard 1 MBT
The German war-making capacity was dismantled by the victors following the end of the war in Europe.... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Leopard 1 MBT

1965
Chieftain MBT
The original Centurion Main Battle Tank (A41) of 1945 was a hugely successful British Army initiativ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Chieftain MBT

1965
Vickers MBT
The Vickers Main Battle Tank series was created with export customers in mind. It was soon discovere... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Vickers MBT

1963
Type 62
Yet another in the long line of NORINCO designs inspired by Soviet-era purchases, the Type 62 (class... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 62

1963
Type 63 (WZ211)
The Chinese-built NORINCO (China NORth INdustries COrporation) Type 63 Light Tank drew its influence... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 63 (WZ211)

1961
T-62
After the end of World War 2, the Soviet military had officially replaced their war-winning T-34 Med... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the T-62

1960
M60 (Patton)
The M60 "Patton" Main Battle Tank began development in 1957 to counter rumors that the Soviets were ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M60 (Patton)

1958
T-55
The T-55 was a further improved version of the T-54 Main Battle Tank series of 1949 intended to coun... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the T-55

1951
M41 Walker Bulldog
The M41 was designed and developed as the direct successor to the World War 2-era M24 Chaffee light ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M41 Walker Bulldog

1949
T-54
The T-54 series of Soviet main battle tank came about in the search for a viable replacement for the... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the T-54

1940
T-34
To Red Army authorities, it was becoming painfully clear that the BT series of "fast tanks" was not ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the T-34