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Top 3 Main Battle Tanks and Fighting Aircrafts of the World's Most Powerful Nations

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Most will agree with the fact that currently the three most powerful nations in the world are the United States, Russia and China. Below you will find some of the most powerful tanks and battle aircrafts developed by each of the three nations. This is of course our choice, so it's completely subjective. If you have any information on the topic that you could share, you are welcome and in the meantime you are free to read, compare and express your opinion.

Tanks

Russian Federation

T-90S

The T-90S represents one of the most advanced Russian tanks from the T-series. It features an improved firepower, mobility and protection. The tank was built at Uralvagonzavod, factory located in Nizhnyi Tagil, Russia. It is worth mentioning that the T-90S officially entered the service with the Russian armed forces in 1992.

The tank is developed for a crew of 3 people, its combat weight is 46.5 tons and it features a 4-stroke V-84ms diesel engine with 849hp. The fuel capacity of this battle machine is 1,600l. The range is 650km on paved roads and 500km on unpaved. The tank reaches a speed of 65 km/h.

The information provided by the American Foreign Policy Center says that Russia is currently working on upgrading its main battle tank to the new T-95 version. The features of the new generation battle tank are specified below:

  • -Diesel-electric propulsion
  • -125mm gun
  • -360° sensors and ECM and network-capability
  • -pro-active electric reactive armor
  • -Weight: over 55 tons
  • -ceramics-n-fiber armor, which would replace the usual steel armor
  • -virtual reality for the driver and gunner
  • -2 crew members will man the tank
  • -autoloader for 3 different types of ammo.

Read more on: Tanksim.com

Unites States

M1A2 Abrams

This MBT was developed by General Dynamics Land Systems, which produced the first M1 tank back in 1978, followed by the M1A1 tank, developed in 1985 and GDLS in 1986 by the M1A2. The latter is considered one of the best tanks in the world. However, it includes only a 120mm M256 smoothbore gun, which was manufactured by the German company Rheinmetall GmbH.

The tank is developed for a crew of 4 people, including driver, commander, gunner and loader. It weights 69.54 tons and its ground clearance is 430 meters. The tank reaches a speed of 67.72 km/h.

Read more on: Army-technology.com

People's Republic of China

Type 99/ZTZ99

This tank was developed by NORINCO and is currently the most advanced MBT in the People's Liberation Army. It entered the PLA service in 2001. The Chinese made a great improvement in the tank's firepower mobility, and protection. Due to the high unit price (about $1.9 million per tank in 1999) there were only about 200 ZTZ99 made.

The tank features a dual-axis stabilized 125mm/50-calibre ZPT98 smoothbore gun. It also carries Russian anti-tank missiles called 9M119 Refleks. These missiles are fired from a 125mm gun. ZTZ99 reaches a top speed of 80km/h and its weight is about 54 tons.

Read more on: Sinodefence.com

Fighting Aircrafts

Russian Federation

Sukhoi Su-37 Terminator

When Su-37 was developed it was instantly shipped to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) air force as a multi-role version of Russia's previous generation Su-35. The aircraft has a number of features that make it different from other air fighters. It can make a preemptive hit at any air target, even those that are hard to spot. Su-37 has a multichannel redundancy and algorithmic security of all data and targeting systems. It can also hit ground targets at standoff range. The aircraft's all stages of flight and combat are automated.

Read more on: Enemyforces.com

United States

F-22 Raptor

This is one of the newest fighting aircrafts in the armed forces of the United States. The F-22 represents a fusion of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and incorporated avionics. It has an upgraded supportability and thus is a great step in warfighting capabilities. Raptor is a powerful weapon in both air-to-air and air-to-ground combats.

It is one of the main weapons of the Global Strike Task Force. F-22 was developed to stop enemy's battle aircrafts from accessing the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps.

Read more on: Fas.org

People's Republic of China

J-10 Multirole Fighter Aircraft

The J-10 is also called Jianji-10 or Jian-10. It features one engine and represents an all-weather multi-role battle aircraft. It was designed by Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute and built by the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC). The Chinese started working on the J-10 project back in the 1980s in order to compete with the fighters from the West (F-16) and Soviet Union MiG-29.

After the end of the Cold War the Chinese moved towards creating a multi-role fighter, which would perform beyond-visual-range air-to-air fight and ground attack. China looked forward to create an air power that could show high defensive and offensive potential.

This aircraft represents one of the highest achievements of China in the aviation industry. During the 1990s the J-10 program included lots of new technologies, such as composite materials, computerized flight-control system dubbed "fly-by-wire", improved radar and cockpit electronics, as well as computer-aided design and many more.

Read more on: Air-attack.com

So there you go, some of the most powerful weapons developed at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century.

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3 votes

//62 Mar 15, 2013 03:26 PM | posted by: Deodorant must
India is the best if we talk about fire power their under arm alone is a bio chemical weapon the only things that can defeat India is water and soap they will dissolve damn right
3 votes

//61 Mar 15, 2013 03:24 PM | posted by: China-sucks-they eat poo
China have the most soldiers but those can be gone by 10 us drones only
9 votes

//60 Dec 18, 2012 03:00 AM | posted by: APACHE
//50, INDIA have a BIOLOGICAL WEAPON, an under ARM ODOR and capable of defeating any clean country in the WORLD....Bwahahaha!
7 votes

//59 Nov 15, 2012 03:10 PM | posted by: Tylerfernando
why are you doing the best vehicles of three nations no the best vehicles of the world?
10 votes

//58 Oct 29, 2012 07:00 PM | posted by: Nikkronos
the best test an MBT should pass in order to be rank as best in the world is only when it has been battle tested and WON! reason... simple gentlemen... it is only during actual combat when the training and equipment all come together as one. having the most advance tank technologically with mediocre trained crew is a waste of the money used to create the tank. So what MBT has qualified so far... the ABRAMS!!!
5 votes

//57 Aug 15, 2012 07:39 PM | posted by: Rifleguy6678
Wait oops
7 votes

//56 Aug 15, 2012 07:38 PM | posted by: Rifleguy6678
Where is the M1A2 abrams?
9 votes

//55 Jul 16, 2012 05:23 PM | posted by: HEMANT
PLZ DO NOT TALK ABOUT WAR, POWER/SUPERPOWER.
WAR CAN BRING NOTHING.
8 votes

//54 Jul 06, 2012 05:46 PM | posted by: p7Fww07C
F-22 is so far advanced compare to the other is not even funny. T-90 are not as advance as the russian like to sell everyone. Yes there are some great T-90 but most are in russia in limited number that are as advertised. Most are barbone and are target practice for western tanks. Russia and china make lot of coins sell junk that really not very good and 70 technologies . Russia has sold lies to desperate nations. in the modern day battle field there is more to winning a tank battle than numbers there are best trained and best maintained. Challenger, leopard and M1A2 Abrams are as they say they are not full of propaganda to sell weapon to poor nations. these three have the intangible that other nations only dream about.
7 votes

//53 Jun 22, 2012 11:57 AM | posted by: Zesh
India choosed Arjun over T90 is just for the prestige, cause Arjun tank was developed by itslef India and it had to do it out of compulsion after all who else would be intersetd for so called MBT Arjun.
5 votes

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6 votes

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11 votes

//50 Apr 14, 2012 08:04 AM | posted by: shine
East the West India Is the Best..............Powerful India is coming
11 votes

//49 Feb 10, 2012 04:12 PM | posted by: ron
India can defeat any country....................... the old time is gone.........
10 votes

//48 Dec 25, 2011 06:49 PM | posted by: bit2
i think india is capable for a better war against any countries
10 votes

//47 Aug 08, 2011 12:23 PM | posted by: cyanide
china? They only stole their weapon technology from the u.s and russia, pirating other products is only what they are capable of. And their moto? Quantity over quality . Thats why they can only create a poor technology weapon from the truely strong army of other nation. They cant even help other co chinese in time of disaster.
9 votes

//46 Aug 03, 2011 01:09 PM | posted by: Brian
1st place, laters version of leopard 2 and challenger 2, then then the Abrams, People forget these tanks becouse they see little action on the field and on Movies... All three are equal except that the leopard and Challenger are more reliable tanks.
16 votes

//45 Apr 20, 2011 09:56 PM | posted by: PeeBo
This list sucks. Why does everyone think the abrams is the best MBT just bc its american? IMHO the leopard 2 is the best, followed by the abrams, challenger 2, markava t90. In terms of fighters the su37 shouldnt be on here and the j10 sure as hell shouldnt be on the list. The su30mki, eurofighter, and rafale are superior to the 2 aircraft, while the f22 remains on top.
12 votes

//44 Apr 04, 2011 02:36 AM | posted by: omg
The m1a2 is not the best MBT the type 99km is the m1a2 has only 1500 horse power engine while the type 99km has 2100 hp plus it has an auto loader and laser defence sytem which the m1a2 doesn't have.
14 votes

//43 Mar 10, 2011 02:49 AM | posted by: james street
i would have to say the m1a2 is the best MBT. as a dessert storm vet ive seen some amazing things from this piece of machinery. there was a disabled abrams in the desserts of iraq and to keep the technology from being compromised the army elected to demolish the disabled abrams by using other abrams to blow it up. this is what is so amazing. even other abrams had trouble penetrating the abrams armor. it took several hits before penetration was achieved. and considering the quality of american munitions speaks well of the m1a2.
20 votes

//42 Feb 05, 2011 01:58 PM | posted by: xxx
Replace Su-37 with a PAK FA when PAK FA will create (by 2016).
Su-37 is realy very good plane and it's more maneuverauble then F-22. F-22 have only better Stealth (Su-37 haven't any stealth) and some electronics but in maneuverability, avionic and all other, Su-37 is better.

Don't underastemate T-90 tank, it's is very maneuverable and fast tank.
14 votes

//41 Jan 25, 2011 10:28 AM | posted by: Jonathan
The calibre doesn't really come into question when the round isn't powerful enough to penetrate armour as was found in the first Gulf War. Where Saddams tank could hit if lucky, an Abrams, but the rounds would bounce off.
11 votes

//40 Jan 16, 2011 12:44 PM | posted by: roy campbell
you fools, the usa has the most powerful mbt: the M1A2 abrams. Did you it has never lost any of its tank in a batle. N just 4get tanks, in a war, to win , u must hav the best strategy, intel, tactics n think 'out of the box'.
13 votes

//39 Dec 03, 2010 04:23 AM | posted by: Even
This list is pretty sad. The T-90 is from the 80's and is being sold to weaker nations to make Russia some serious coin. As of Right now India has bought 610 Russian T-90's because they are to poor to creat anything decent. The chineese have pulled billions into the military so it should be half decent. Russia is revamping its military and introducing the prototype Black Eagle Tank. The US abrams is feared because it's curently fighting and destroying 70's Soviet tanks sold to the middle east. Their isnt one place on earth where russian weopons were not sold or found. Also US doesnt have better diplomatic ties than Russia. The only countries that america is scared of are allies with Russia. So if a massive WWIII breaks out Russia can just sit back and whatch the fireworks. America all alone against middle east, China, and North Korea? Now that would be scarry.
18 votes

//38 Nov 16, 2010 04:47 AM | posted by: len
Israel manufactures its own tanks because the British and the US refused to sell them theirs, culminating in the Merkava 1, 2, 3, and 4. These Israeli tanks outmanouvered outrun and outgunned the T-series russian built tanks in all the Israeli-arab wars. These tanks were the first designed to put the engine in the front with the capability to carry up to 10 armed troops in the back. The electronics in the cockpit use Israeli technology which is second to none.
13 votes

//37 Nov 15, 2010 09:35 AM | posted by: Unknown
true they need to update this the chinese have made a new plane called jxx but the j 10 is weak
15 votes

//36 Sep 29, 2010 10:13 AM | posted by: _e_2xyD
even a p51mustang will surely put this j10 on the ground... who put this plane on the list?
12 votes

//35 Sep 27, 2010 08:49 AM | posted by: me
the su37 should not be there the su-47 berket should
14 votes

//34 Sep 21, 2010 09:29 AM | posted by: omg
my bad i mean over 3million troops
15 votes

//33 Sep 21, 2010 09:28 AM | posted by: omg
china is the second most power ful country it has over 1millions troops which is the biggest army i n the world. Also chinese troops are known for thier tatics. and to all those idiots saying china is weak it is not it is as equal as russia or usa
13 votes

//32 Jul 29, 2010 02:04 AM | posted by: me
power rangers beat them all
23 votes

//31 Jul 17, 2010 06:46 PM | posted by: lucky
the new indegenously built arjun tank by india should also be considered. it has got the best armor ever made. most powerful engine with 1400 h powers, runs at speed of 45-75 km/hr. it is fitted with 120 mm rifled tank gun
LAHAT anti-tank missile
HEAT, APFSDS, HESH Rounds
HCB 12.7 mm AA MG
Mag 7.62 mm Tk715 coaxial MG
17 votes

//30 Jul 11, 2010 09:55 PM | posted by: Tommy
You are all looking at this all wrong. Pound for pound all around the m1a2 is the best tank in the world, not because it has a better gun, the leopard 2 has the same gun, or it has better armor, the chatam armor on the challenger if superior to that of the m1a2, it is based on reliability, fire control, and endurance, the m1a2 far outstrips every other tank in these arena's, the longest tank kill in history was made by the m1a2 during the invasion of Iraq, it was 5667 yards or just under 3.5 miles while moving at 47 mph in the desert, lets see any other tank do that... they cant. The other factor your missing here is crew training and combat experience, The United States trains it 's tankers an average of 1800 hours before they ever see combat and the U.S. has more crews with combat experience than any other with the exception of Israel...
21 votes

//29 Jun 30, 2010 05:43 AM | posted by: Sean
THIS LIST IS HORRIBLE. CLEARLY THE BEST MAIN BATTLE TANKS ARE THE CHALLENGER 2 FOLLOWED CLOSELY BY THE M1A1 ABRAMS AND THE LEOPARD 2. (BTW THE T-90 WAS EMBARASSED BY INDIAN ARJUN TANKS DURING TRIALS.) THE J-10 DOES NOT BELONG ON THIS LIST. A GRIPEN, MIRAGE 2000, JSF, OR MIG-29 COULD EASILY OUT PEFORM IT. AND ME TW YOUR ARE AN IDIOT IF YOU THINK THE K2 BLACK PANTHER BELONGS IN THE TOP 3 JUST BECAUSE ITS THE MOST EXPENSIVE TANK IN THE WORLD.
17 votes

//28 May 23, 2010 06:27 PM | posted by: jay yawalkar
I agree that in terms of military strength, US>Russia>China would be the correct order of the list, but numbers change easily if the right mobilization, diplomacy, and propaganda is utilized.

Air force fighter
Russia : t-50 pak, mig-35, su-35
United States : f-35 l, f-22, f/a- 18
China : j-10
Sweden : JAS-39 Gripen
Eurofighter Typhoon
21 votes

//27 May 17, 2010 04:46 PM | posted by: Sunny
unfortunately there has been no mention of "Arjun", the indigenous developed tank by India which has recently proved its mettle against so called best Russian tank the "T-90".
17 votes

//26 May 10, 2010 05:04 AM | posted by: jmb
It doesn't matter which tank/aircraft is superior. Training, intelligence, battlefield networking and coordination, ability to think outside the box, strategy, and of course weapons of mass destruction (intimidation), is really what matters. The biggest threat to a tank is not another tank or vehicle at all, but a single camouflaged soldier with a rocket propelled explosive... undetectable until it is too late. Just a little info... Any time an american aircraft carrier sets out to sea fully armed, it becomes the 5th strongest military force in the world. And the U.S. spends as much money on its military as all other nations combined... so I don't think we have anything to worry about :)
31 votes

//25 May 06, 2010 09:58 PM | posted by: FOXBAT
HI ALL WHAT DO U THINK OF IRAN, TRYING TO BUILD ALL THEM NUKES, DO U THINK THE WEST WILL GET TIRED OF WAITING AND TAKE THEM OUT. I THINK WE ST WILL STUFF THEM EASY, I THINK ITS COMING
22 votes

//24 Apr 22, 2010 03:51 AM | posted by: me
let's not debate of useless tanks.............and pwerful nations....bla.bla.bla...............y not produce more upgraded food and eco friendly machines that restores the beauty of our planet.
16 votes

//23 Apr 09, 2010 03:00 PM | posted by: Bradpete
Amazing fighting ground and air machines.
18 votes

//22 Apr 06, 2010 09:51 AM | posted by: me tw
The best BMT in the world is K2(Back Panther) of S.Korea.
The K2 is the world's most expensive battle tank, currently costing approximately ₩8.3 billion South Korean won, or around US$8.5 million, per unit.
19 votes

//21 Apr 03, 2010 10:49 AM | posted by: b
The Challenger II and Eurofighter T4 are all at the top of their game.
The MBT's in my opinion go like this:

C2>M1A2>Leopard 2> Merva>T90-S then after many tanks of small nations such as Luxembourg or Andorra a heap of Chinese scrap metal being pushed by people on tuk-tuk's!
17 votes

//20 Mar 24, 2010 06:12 PM | posted by: hafeezullah
my aim was to become a pilot
18 votes

//19 Mar 15, 2010 11:27 PM | posted by: nick
trust me but Russia has more than twice as much of tanks than any other country
22 votes

//18 Feb 07, 2010 10:14 PM | posted by: Truth
To the author of this article:

I agree that in terms of military strength, US>Russia>China would be the correct order of the list, but numbers change easily if the right mobilization, diplomacy, and propaganda is utilized.

Thus, if military might is measured in terms of technology, China cannot win as a superpower or main backer to any war. Take the following measurements into consideration.

Military (technology)

Air force (Indigenous Multirole Fighter)
United States (F-22) > Russia (PAK FA) > China (J-XX)

Navy (Indigenous Aircraft Carrier)
United States (100kt) > Russia (65kt) > United Kingdom (65kt) > India (65kt) > China (60kt)

Army (Indigenous Main Battle Tank)
United States > Russia > Germany > United Kingdom > France > China

Economy (Nominal GDP)
United States > China

Diplomacy (Foreign)
United States > Russia (Poor) > China (Very Poor)

Oil Reserve
United States (Alaska, Saudi Arabia, Iraq) > Russia > China (nearly none)

I, myself is Chinese, and I understand that China stands no chance in war. In rare scenarios where the battles are swift and does not attract foreign superpowers, then yes, China will be able to defeat any countries not listed above. Otherwise, China will be the first to fall due to its sham communism and over abundancy of boarding nations.
20 votes

//17 Feb 02, 2010 09:22 PM | posted by: foxbat
YOU WILL C IN TIME HOW GOOD RUSSIAN AND CHINESE TANKS AND AIRCRAFT ARE WHEN NATO GET TIRED OF WAITING FOR IRAN TO STOP ACTING THE BIG MAN!! AND COME CLEAN ABOUT THEIR NUKES WHAT THE WEST ALREADY KNOWS,AND AS USUAL YOU WILL GET STUFFED AND WIPED OUT IN THE END,COS' ITS COMING ALL IN GOOD TIME. WITH YR IEDS IN IRAQ AFGHANISTAN KILLING OUR BOYS WE HAVE A SCORE TO SETTLE.
20 votes

//16 Jan 30, 2010 06:28 AM | posted by: deckoi 20
for me the best mbt is the abrams...hahaha
19 votes

//15 Jan 24, 2010 01:20 PM | posted by: foxbat
re: logon the olifant looks a good tant will handle most tanks in other african nations the 105mm gun needs upgrading to120mm. the south african army were brill but of late i think they have gone back over standards have dropped my uncle lives over their and since most of the white genarals from top to bottom are being kicked out of the forces.now you have gaurds on gates boot laces loose barricks falling apart big shame should stick and work together. a good nation could be great in lots of ways.
20 votes

//14 Jan 23, 2010 07:20 PM | posted by: FOXBAT
RE: LOGAN YOU MENTION OLIFANT 1B WELL BALANCED TANK BUT NOT THE MOST ADVANCED. WELL YOU SAID IT !! IT IS NOT GOING TO WIN MORE TECHNO TANKS LIKE CHALLINGER M1A2 OR LEOPARD 2A6 I THINK IT WOULD STRUGGLE WITH MOST WESTERN OR RUSSIAN TANKS .
22 votes

//13 Jan 19, 2010 12:51 AM | posted by: Unknown
lolz!
19 votes

//12 Jan 14, 2010 10:05 AM | posted by: Logan
I served with the SA Army Special forces for many years and can vouch that the Olifant MK1-B Main battle tank is probably the most well balanced in terms of weight,speed and firepower. It might not be the most advanced in the world but is certainly quite efficient.
22 votes

//11 Jan 03, 2010 08:48 PM | posted by: foxbat
f22 raptor best in the world followed by tyfoon euro fighter then may be only may be su 37 but that nuggert who put j10 is a joke i would put f18 super hornet against that any day even the latest f16 would stuff j10 you muppet.
23 votes

//10 Jan 03, 2010 08:35 PM | posted by: foxbat
what a load of crap the challanger 2 will wipe the floor with any russian or chinese tin can tanks get real man even the german leopard tank will stuff all tanks you mention so keep it real stop talking rubbish or dont make stupid comments.
20 votes

//9 Jan 01, 2010 09:06 AM | posted by: Subho
I am realy wondered that,how J10 entered in top 3,whers its not able to match even Mig29 or Mirag200??????????????????????
20 votes

//8 Dec 28, 2009 05:20 AM | posted by: donald42
Don't forget about the new and upcoming K2 Black Panther tanks from south korea....they rival our m1a2s considering the black panthers are almost twice as light but technologically the same in armor and fire control systems.
20 votes

//7 Dec 22, 2009 08:15 PM | posted by: rizzo
the abraham is the best,,and is proven,,plus they have best training crew,,,to be the best is to have a well train crew ..you could have the best tecnology but if you dont have the best training you suck...
21 votes

//6 Nov 25, 2009 02:48 AM | posted by: Unknown
There are much better tanks than the t 90s ant the Type 99/ZTZ99, but there really isn't such thing as the best tank, because not every tank is suited for every terrain and climate, for example the abrams weight is its weakness and is just like the tiger and king tiger of world war 2, it would become useless in russian, or candian terrain due to there harsh and unfrogiving climates
20 votes

//5 Sep 28, 2009 10:33 PM | posted by: Sukkumar George
Raphael is right.
Which MBT serves most armies of the world would tell you which is the top MBT. The German Leopard does. Period!
22 votes

//4 Sep 01, 2009 08:47 AM | posted by: ryan infante
more create weapons more wars just be stop create weapons because many people sucrifise...
19 votes

//3 Jul 08, 2009 01:39 AM | posted by: josh13
I agree with all except the t90. I think the t90 could say that the newest challenger tank could be better. :)
20 votes

//2 Jun 10, 2009 12:28 PM | posted by: Raphael
I THINK YOUR RANKING OF POWERFUL BATTLE TANKS HAS BASED ON THE 3 TO SUPERPOWER STATE AND NOT THE CAPACITY OF THE TANKS
ON MY OPINION STILL LEOPARD ONE BATTLE TANK IS THE OLY TANK WHICH IS POWERFUL IN THE WORLD REGARDLESS OF THE POSITION OF THE COUNTRY IN THE WORLD'S POLITICS.
20 votes

//1 May 24, 2009 11:29 PM | posted by: kudude63 [InfoKID]
I wanna be a pilot! :P That looks cool!

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