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The Most Dangerous War Tanks in Military History

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The topic of war is not something to speak of lightly. War has caused millions of deaths, changed history and governments forever, and has impacted the world like no other event. While war affects so many people in this world, armies must gear up to protect their countries, people, and government.


Many armies have large machines known as tanks. They are strong and dangerous vehicles that can run down almost anything and are equipped with military grade weapons. These are the most dangerous tanks in military history.

The Challenger 2 Battle Tank

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The Challenger 2 Battle Tank was created and used by the British in 1998. It’s known for its L30A1 120 mm rifled gun in the front of the tank and its Perkins CV-12 engine. It’s been used in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq after 9/11.

K2 Black Panther Battle Tank

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South Korea has a reason to create strong military tanks because they border the dangerous North Korea. The K2 Black Panther tank was created in 2013 and is one of the newest models we mention. It has an anti-missile defense system that offers a soft kill and hard kill feature.

Merkava Battle Tank

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Israel needs to have an intense defense since they have so many enemies. The Merkava, which means “chariot” in Hebrew, offers the defense they need. With a 120 mm smooth bore MG253, it can keep the country safe and scare off enemies.

Type 10 Battle Tank

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The Japanese company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, decided to try their hand at military tanks. They came up with the Type 10 Battle Tank with a nano-crystal steel and ceramic composite and a 120 mm cannon with automatic loading. It’s also pretty fast. It can get up to 40 mph.

AMX Char Leclerc Battle Tank

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France owns the AMX Char Leclerc, which was named after General Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque from WWII. The tank has been used since 1993 and has 1,500 horsepower.

C1 Ariete Battle Tank

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The C1 Ariete’s home is in Italy’s military. It was first used in 1995 and has been used since. It can reach 43 mph with its Fiat MTCA 12V engine.

Arjun Main Battle Tank

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India has used the Arjun Main Battle Tank since 1974. It can go through almost any environment and is equipped with a 120 mm rifled gun and a LAHAT anti-tank missile system.

Al-Khalid Battle Tank

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India’s sworn enemy, Pakistan, uses the Al-Khalid Battle Tank, which was created by Pakistan and China. It can fit three people and has a modified 125 mm rifled cannon. The Royal Moroccan Army also uses this tank.

Type 99 Battle Tank

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The Type 99 tank lives in China’s large army. The tank was debuted in 1999, but wasn’t used until 2001. This tank is one of the most advanced tanks in the Chinese army.

Altay Battle Tank

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The Altay battle tank lives in the Turkish army. It’s a contemporary tank and is exported to other countries around the world. It was used in Turkey’s war for independence too.

T-80 Battle Tank

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This monster of a tank has six-gear transmission and 1,000 horsepower. It can roam easily through battlefields and is equipped with a 125 mm smoothbore gun. It’s been in use since 1976.

Pokpung-Ho Battle Tank

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The world doesn’t know much about North Korea, but we do know that they have some pretty intense military equipment including the Pokpung-Ho tank. This tank was been in use since 1992 and is equipped with a variety of features.

Russian T-90 Battle Tank

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The T-90 tank is an upgraded version of the T-72B and T-80 and is used by the Russian military. With a 125 mm smoothbore gun, it can shoot up to 12,000 meters.

T-84 Battle Tank

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The T-84 tank belongs to Ukraine’s army. It was built by the Malyshev Factory and is constantly remodeled and upgraded. It even has an electronic countermeasures system.

PT-91 Twardy Battle Tank

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The Polish word “twarty” means “resilient,” which is exactly what this tank is. It’s amphibious and can hold many people inside. With a PZL-Wola diesel engine, it can gain up to 40 mph.

Zulfiqar Battle Tank

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The Zulfiqar tank is owned by the Iranian military. The tank was created in the 1990s and put to use in 1997. The Iranian army owns 100 of these tanks and uses them to protect its country.

M60-2000 Main Battle Tank

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General Dynamics, a company that specializes in military equipment, created this tank. The M60-2000 is a more economical choice for militaries around the world and is exported to many different countries. With twin-turbo diesel engines, it can reach up to 33 mph.

Armata Universal Combat Platform

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The Russian army utilizes the Armata Universal Combat Platform. It’s incredibly powerful and can reach up to 50 mph! It also is powered by a ChTZ 12H360 diesel engine and has a steel 44S-sv-Sh protection system.

M1A2 Abrams

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The M1A2 Abrams may be the most famous tank in the world. The United States army has used this machine since the 1980s. Its armor is made up of uranium mesh-reinforced composite and its engine can run on almost any fuel. Speed wise, it can reach 45 mph, which is pretty fast for such a large vehicle.

Leopard 2 Battle Tank

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The Leopard 2 belongs to the German army and is an upgraded version of the Leopard 1. It’s equipped with an automatic fire system and can reach 45 mph.

The Challenger 2 Black Night

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This tank is an upgraded version of the British army’s Challenger 2. It’s been in battle since 1994 and includes Leonardo night sight DNVS4.


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This Iranian tank made its debut in 2016. It was first shown on television to the country’s citizens to help them have peace of mind that the country was safe. Needless to say, everyone was impressed.


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This massive tank belongs to the Argentinian army. It’s name in Spanish, Tanque Argentino Mediano, means Argentine Medium Tank. While this tank is powerful, Argentina isn’t particularly known for its military.

T-14 Armata

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This Russian tank isn’t in use just yet. It is expected to be released in 2025 to the military. It would be one of the fastest tanks in the world, reaching speeds of 56 mph. It would also cost $3.7 million.


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The German and French armies came together and created the European Main Battle Tank (EMBT) to keep up with Russia and China’s army.

Carden Loyd Tankette

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The Carden Loyd tankette is one of the oldest tanks in history. It belonged to the British army before WWII and played a major role in the war.

Renault FT-17

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Historians recognize this tank as the first modern tank in the history. Many other tanks were based off of the Renault FT-17’s design and was the first to have a rotating turret.


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The Centurion also belongs to the British army and was used in 1945 after WWII. This may be an all time favorite machine for military enthusiasts as the tank was successful in its missions and used in combat until the 1980s.

SdKfz 171 Panzerkampfwagen V Panther

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This mouthful of a tank belongs to the German army and is a medium-sized tank that was used in WWII.


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The Soviet nations created the T-55 tank during WWII and have easily favored them over other tanks. They can reach up to 30 mph and have been used post-WWII too.