Tanks have been one of the most important components of any military operation for the past two centuries, and today most of the world’s advanced countries have begun to produce their own combat vehicles. They differ in armored terrain capabilities and installed weapons, but another important feature of the tank is speed, which can be crucial during a combat mission. Top 10 Fastest Tanks In The World – Main Battle Tank
Top 10 Fastest Tanks In The World
10: Challenger 2 ( Fastest Tank )
The Challenger 2 is an advanced main combat tank from BAE Systems Land Systems. The Royal Army of Oman and the British Army both use the tank.
The Challenger 2 is equipped with a Perkins caterpillar c v12 diesel engine with 12 cylinders and a David Brown TN 54 gearbox with six forward and two reverse gears, as well as second-generation hydrogen suspension and a hydraulic track tensioner. Its top speed on the road is 37 miles per hour, with a cross-country speed of 25 miles per hour.
9: Merkava Mark IV ( Fastest Tank )
The Merkava Mark IV main battle tank went into full production in 2001 and began operational training with the Israel Defense Forces in July 2003. The first Merkava Mark IV tank battalion entered service with the Israel Defense Forces in 2004.
The Merkava four is powered by a 1500 horsepower v12 diesel engine. The engine compartment and a single gasoline tank are in the front of the tank, while two fuel tanks are in the back. The tank’s top speed is 40 miles per hour on the road and 34 miles per hour cross country.
8: M1A2 Abrams ( Fastest Tank )
The aprons M1A2 Abrams SCP v3 system upgraded package is a modified version of the Abrams main battle tank now in service with the US Army. The upgraded version has improved protection, survivability, and lethality over its predecessors.
The m1a2 SCP v3 is powered by a Honeywell AGT 1500 gas turbine engine, which produces 1500 horsepower. The tank’s top speed on the highway is 42 mph, and it can go up to 25 mph over rugged terrain.
7: T-90s ( Fastest Tank )
The rava Gans Avadh in Nizhny Tagil, Russia, manufactures the t-90s, the newest evolution in the t-series of Russian tanks, which represents an increase in firepower, mobility, and protection.
The t-90s has a liquid-cooled v 84 m/s 618 kilowatt 840 horsepower four-stroke v12 piston engine with a top speed of 40 to 43 mph on the highway and 28 mph on rugged terrain.
6: Type 90 ( Fastest Tank )
The Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force uses the type 90 tank as its main battle tank. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries designed and built it to replace all deployed Type 61 and Type 74 tanks. It was first used in 1990.
The type 90 tank’s powertrain consists of a 1,500 horsepower Mitsubishi ten zg 32 w t10 cylinder two-stroke cycle diesel engine and a Mitsubishi mt 1500 automatic transmission with four forward and two reverse speeds. It has a max speed of 43 mph on the road and a cross-country speed of 28 mph.
5: BM OPLOT-M ( Fastest Tank )
The Kharkiv more Azov engine building design bureau is developing the BM OPLOT-M main battle tank for the Ukrainian armed forces. The oplot m is powered by a 60 d2 multi-fuel six-cylinder liquid-cooled diesel engine that produces 882 kilowatts of power.
The engine has a top speed of 40 3.5 miles per hour on the road and 28 miles per hour over difficult terrain.
4: K2 Black Panther ( Fastest Tank )
The k2 Black Panther main battle tank is being developed by Hyundai Rotem, a Hyundai Motor Group subsidiary, for the Republic of Korea army. The k2 Black Panther is powered by a Tottenham MT 833 diesel engine.
The engine is capable of producing 1500 horsepower and has a power-to-weight ratio of 27.3 horsepower per tonne. The vehicle’s fully automatic transmission has five forward and three backward ratios. Off-road, the tank can reach speeds of 31 miles per hour, while on the road, it can reach speeds of 40 3.5 miles per hour.
3: AMX 56 LECLERC ( Fastest Tank )
The French army and the Armed Forces of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, use Jian Industries’ AMX 56 LECLERC main combat tank. A SACM v8 X 1500 high/bar diesel engine delivers 1,500 horsepower at 2500 rpm, powering the Leclerc.
The Sessom ESM 500 automatic transmission’s hydrostatic transmission unit has five forward and two reverse speeds. The engine has a serrano hyper bar high-pressure gas turbine and can reach speeds of over 44 miles per hour on the road and up to 31 miles per hour on the cross-country.
2: LEOPARD 2A7+ ( Fastest Tank )
For the German military forces, krauss-Maffei Wegmann designed and built the LEOPARD 2A7+ next-generation main battle tank. An MRT is used to power the leper to a 7 + MBT.
With the 873 diesel engine, which produces up to 1500 horsepower and has a top speed of 45 miles per hour on the road and 28 miles per hour in cross-country.
1: T-14 ARMATA ( Fastest Tank )
The T-14 ARMATA is a new generation main battle tank built by the Russian company Uralvagonzavod. It is powered by an 85 3a turbocharged diesel engine that produces 1,200 horsepower.
A 12-speed automatic transmission is mated to the engine. The tank has a maximum road speed of 56 miles per hour and a cross-country speed of 37 miles per hour.
In 2020, the 2nd Guards Tamanskaya Motor Rifle Division is slated to test 100 T-14 Armata units. The T-14 Armata has a top speed of 50 to 56 miles per hour.
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Facts and Thoughts:-
Although speed is important, what is vital is a stable gun platform. (watch how many of these tanks are firing from a stopped position or traveling slowly). You can watch as many videos of tanks flying through the air but the crew inside have to take the punishment of 60 tons landing. The crew needs to be in a fit state to fight, not something that is likely to happen with “Hollywood” style driving. The 1st tank battle took place in September 1916. (Not 2 centuries ago) Its role was to support the infantry, it has the same role today. Tanks do not fight battles without infantry nearby. Therefore if they move too fast for the infantry to keep up they have to stop and wait for them.