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Main Battle Tanks (MBT)

Despite advances in armor-defeating weapons, the Main Battle Tank remains the cornerstone of every modern land army's true strength on the battlefield.

Main Battle Tanks (MBT)

Despite advances in armor-defeating weapons, the Main Battle Tank remains the cornerstone of every modern land army's true strength on the battlefield.

OVERVIEW



The Main Battle Tank (MBT) became a primary battlefield fixture in the years following World War 2 (1939-1945). During the conflict, land forces relied on a mix of light, medium and heavy tank types to fulfill various requirements. The MBT arose out of a need for a 'Universal Tank' concept capable of achieving the same results through a single design. With the advent of lighter composite armor, engineers fashioned a new fighting machine which has remained the mainstay of modern land forces today.

The first true Main Battle Tank came from the British who unveiled their Centurion A41 in 1945. This was then followed by competing designs from the Soviet Union (the classic T-54/T-55 lines) and the United States (through their M60 'Patton'). In more recent years, some land forces have been abandoning the MBT concept in favor of more mobile, lightweight wheeled armored vehicles. Additionally, Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs)) have increased their lethality and forced major protection revisions from MBT designers - leading to the thought that the MBT may very well be seeing its last decade of battlefield dominance.

There are a total of 75 Main Battle Tanks (MBT) (MBTs) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily primary operator.






#1
1966
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the AMX-30
AMX-30
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#2
1979
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the AMX-32
AMX-32
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#3
1986
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the AMX-40
AMX-40
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#4
1992
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the AMX-56 Leclerc
AMX-56 Leclerc
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Combat Vehicle
#5
1983
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Bernardini MB-3 Tamoyo
Bernardini MB-3 Tamoyo
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
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#6
1945
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Centurion (A41)
Centurion (A41)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#7
1983
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Challenger 1
Challenger 1
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Tracked Combat Vehicle
#8
1998
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Challenger 2
Challenger 2
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Tracked Combat Vehicle
#9
1965
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Chieftain
Chieftain
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Tracked Combat Vehicle
#10
1981
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Chonma-ho (Pegasus)
Chonma-ho (Pegasus)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#11
1995
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the CIO Ariete
CIO Ariete
Main Battle Tank (MBT) / Tracked Combat Vehicle
#12
1990
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the CM-11 Brave Tiger (M48H)
CM-11 Brave Tiger (M48H)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#13
1978
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Denel Olifant (Elephant)
Denel Olifant (Elephant)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#14
1996
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the DIO T-72Z (T-55)
DIO T-72Z (T-55)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#15
1996
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the DIO Zulfiqar
DIO Zulfiqar
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Combat Vehicle
#16
2004
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the DRDO Arjun (Lion)
DRDO Arjun (Lion)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#17
1995
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Duro Dakovic M-95 Degman
Duro Dakovic M-95 Degman
Prototype Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#18
1987
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Engesa EE-T1 Osorio
Engesa EE-T1 Osorio
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Project
#19
2001
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HIT Al Khalid (MBT 2000)
HIT Al Khalid (MBT 2000)
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Tracked Combat Vehicle
#20
2004
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HIT Al-Zarrar
HIT Al-Zarrar
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#21
2018
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Karrar (Striker)
Karrar (Striker)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#22
1981
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Khalid (Sword)
Khalid (Sword)
Main Battle Tank
#23
1965
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Leopard 1
Leopard 1
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Tracked Combat Vehicle
#24
1979
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Leopard 2
Leopard 2
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Tracked Combat Vehicle
#25
1989
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Lion of Babylon (T-72M1)
Lion of Babylon (T-72M1)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#26
1980
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the M1 Abrams
M1 Abrams
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Tracked Combat Vehicle
#27
1960
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the M60 (Patton)
M60 (Patton)
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Tracked Combat Vehicle
#28
1980
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the M60 Super/AX (Super M60)
M60 Super/AX (Super M60)
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Tracked Combat Vehicle Upgrade
#29
1985
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the M-84 (MBT)
M-84 (MBT)
Main Battle Tank
#30
1968
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Magach (M48 / M60)
Magach (M48 / M60)
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Combat Vehicle
#31
1965
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the MBT-70 (KPz-70)
MBT-70 (KPz-70)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#32
1979
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Merkava (Chariot)
Merkava (Chariot)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#33
2014
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the NORINCO MBT-3000 (VT-4)
NORINCO MBT-3000 (VT-4)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#34
1959
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the NORINCO Type 59
NORINCO Type 59
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Tracked Combat Vehicle
#35
1982
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Picture of the NORINCO Type 69
NORINCO Type 69
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#36
1985
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the NORINCO Type 80
NORINCO Type 80
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#37
1985
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Picture of the NORINCO Type 85-II
NORINCO Type 85-II
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#38
1998
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the NORINCO Type 99 (ZTZ-99 / WZ-123)
NORINCO Type 99 (ZTZ-99 / WZ-123)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#39
2015
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Otokar Altay
Otokar Altay
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Tracked Combat Vehicle
#40
1981
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the OTO-Melara OF-40
OTO-Melara OF-40
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Combat Vehicle
#41
1958
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Panzer 58 (Pz 58)
Panzer 58 (Pz 58)
Medium Tank / Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#42
1965
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Panzer 61 (Pz 61)
Panzer 61 (Pz 61)
Medium Tank / Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#43
1971
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Panzer 68 (Pz 68)
Panzer 68 (Pz 68)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#44
1992
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Pokpung-ho (Storm Tiger) (M-2002)
Pokpung-ho (Storm Tiger) (M-2002)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#45
1995
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the PT-91 Twardy
PT-91 Twardy
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#46
2005
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Ramses II (T-54E)
Ramses II (T-54E)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#47
1986
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the ROTEM K1 (Type 88)
ROTEM K1 (Type 88)
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Tracked Combat Vehicle
#48
2013
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the ROTEM K2 (Black Panther)
ROTEM K2 (Black Panther)
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Tracked Combat Vehicle
#49
2007
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Sabra (M60T)
Sabra (M60T)
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Combat Vehicle
#50
1970
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Sho't (Whip)
Sho't (Whip)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#51
1966
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Stridsvagn 103 (Strv 103) (S-Tank)
Stridsvagn 103 (Strv 103) (S-Tank)
Main Battle Tank
#52
1953
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Stridsvagn 104 (Strv 104)
Stridsvagn 104 (Strv 104)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#53
1998
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Picture of the Stridsvagn 122 (Strv 122)
Stridsvagn 122 (Strv 122)
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Combat Vehicle
#54
1958
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Stridsvagn 74 (Strv 74)
Stridsvagn 74 (Strv 74)
Light Tank / Main Battle Tank
#55
2016
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the T-14 (Armata) (Object 148)
T-14 (Armata) (Object 148)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#56
1949
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the T-54
T-54
Medium Tank / Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#57
1958
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the T-55
T-55
Medium Tank / Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#58
1961
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the T-62
T-62
Medium Tank / Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#59
1966
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the T-64
T-64
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Tracked Combat Vehicle
#60
1972
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the T-72 (Ural)
T-72 (Ural)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#61
2006
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the T-72M4 CZ (T-72M1)
T-72M4 CZ (T-72M1)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#62
1976
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the T-80 (MBT)
T-80 (MBT)
Main Battle Tank
#63
1999
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the T-84 (Oplot)
T-84 (Oplot)
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#64
1995
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the T-90
T-90
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#65
2009
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the T-90M Bhishma
T-90M Bhishma
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#66
2013
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the T-99 Armata (Universal Combat Platform - UCP)
T-99 Armata (Universal Combat Platform - UCP)
Concept Multirole Armored Vehicle
#67
1991
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the TR-125 (Tanc Romanesc Model 125)
TR-125 (Tanc Romanesc Model 125)
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Pilot Vehicle
#68
1977
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the TR-580 (Tanc Romanesc Model 580)
TR-580 (Tanc Romanesc Model 580)
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Combat Vehicle
#69
1986
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the TR-85 (Tanc Romanesc Model 85)
TR-85 (Tanc Romanesc Model 85)
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Combat Vehicle
#70
2012
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Type 10 MBT
Type 10 MBT
Main Battle Tank / Tracked Combat Vehicle
#71
1961
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Type 61
Type 61
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
#72
1975
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Type 74 (Nana-yon)
Type 74 (Nana-yon)
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Combat Vehicle
#73
1992
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Picture of the Type 90 (Kyu-maru)
Type 90 (Kyu-maru)
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Combat Vehicle
#74
1997
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Picture of the Type 96 (MBT)
Type 96 (MBT)
Main Battle Tank
#75
1965
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Picture of the Vickers MBT (VMBT)
Vickers MBT (VMBT)
Main Battle Tank Armored Tracked Combat Vehicle