List of main battle tanks by country
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This is a list of main battle tanks, and other vehicles serving that role, in active military service with countries of the world. A main battle tank (MBT) is the type of powerful, heavily armoured and highly mobile tank which is the backbone of a mechanized land force.
Table of main battle tanks by country
|Andorra||A strictly ceremonial force is maintained, however, a police force ensures that law and order are kept. France and Spain are responsible for defense.|
|Argentina||TAM||330||Germany/ Argentina||Medium tank|
|Australia||M1A1 AIM Abrams||59||United States|
|Bangladesh||Type 59||36||China||Type 59 Tank currently going through an upgrade programme to Type 59G|
|Type 62||86||China||Only 42 remains in service|
|Type 69/79||250||China||185-Type-69II Mk.2G and 65 Type-69II tanks|
|MBT 2000||44||China||44 tanks added in 2012|
|Belarus||T-54||29||Soviet Union||In storage.|
|T-72B||1,465||Soviet Union||Mostly kept in storage. Approximately +250 still in regular service.|
|T-80||92||Soviet Union||In storage.|
|Belgium||MBTs retired in favour of Piranha IIIs|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||M-55 S||150||Soviet Union|
|Brazil||EE-T1 Osório||2||Brazil||Two operational tanks with the Centro de Instrução de Blindados of the Brazilian Army|
|M60A3 TTS||91||United States|
|Denmark||Leopard 2A4/2A5||12 /57||Germany||57 Leopard 2A5DK (equal to Leopard 2A6 minus the L55 gun)|
|Dominica||No military exists. Police force is responsible for country's defence affairs.|
|Ramses II||425||Soviet Union/ Egypt||A significantly upgraded T-54/55. Though the initial prototype (T-54E) was delivered in 1984, full production did not begin until 2004–2005, an additional 140–160 are to be converted from stored T-55.|
|T-80||34||Soviet Union||14 T-80UK and 20 T-80U purchased in 1997.|
|M60A3||716||United States||Out of 735 M60A3 + 700 M60A1 were brought up to A3 Standard from U.S. Army Europe surplus stocks in Germany between 1979–1988 + 173 M60A3 between 1992–2001 + 108 M60A3 from the Austrian Army Surplus in 2002,|
|M60-2000||1000||United States/ Egypt||1000 out of the 1700 M60A3 Patton will be upgraded to the M60 2000/120S as of 2011.|
|M1A1 Abrams||1,130||United States||DU armor removed. Upgraded to M1A2 SEP standard without DU inserts. |
|Equatorial Guinea||T-55||3||Soviet Union|
|Estonia||Does not currently operate main battle tanks. |
|Fiji||Small military force exists. Does not operate MBTs.|
|Georgia||T-72M1 SIM-1||250|| Soviet Union
|Merkava Mark IV||N/A||Israel|
|Germany||Leopard 2A5/A6/A6M||≈400 (active), 1,600 in reserve.||Germany||Leopard 1s in storage.|
|Greece||Leopard 2A6 HEL||170||Germany/ Greece||License built in Greece|
|M48A5 MOLF||390||United States/ Greece||Upgraded with a new Fire Control System similar to the one found on the Leopard 1A5|
|Grenada||No military force exists. Police force maintains a special unit for internal security. Regional Security System is responsible for defence affairs|
|Haiti||Military disbanded, but police force exists to maintain internal security.|
|Hungary||T-72M1||155, 30 in active service, rest in reserve.|| Soviet Union
|Last tank brigade abolished early 2007. Current fleet to be replaced by new tanks after 2010|
|Iceland||No standing army. NATO is mostly responsible for defense affairs. Indigenous peacekeeping force, coast guard, special operations unit and national police force exist.|
|India||Arjun MBT||248||India||The Indian Army ordered 124 'Arjun' Mk1 MBTs in 2000 and placed another order for additional 124 'Arjun' Mk1 MBTs and 124 'Arjun' Mk2 MBTs in 2010, after Arjun tank had conclusively outperformed the T-90. Indian Army is set to acquire 124 Arjun Mk2 tanks as a follow-on order, according to the Defence Minister.|
|T-90||≈1,050||Russia||Procured in three separate orders. Two batches (310 tanks and knockdown kits in 2000 and a further 300 in 2006) were purchased from Russia. A further 1000 were to be produced locally by 2020. Of those, the first batch of 10 were delivered in August 2009.|
|T-72||2,414|| Soviet Union
|Upgraded to advanced Ajeya Mk1 and MK2 standard mainly based on Polish PT-91 Twardy Tank features developed by DRDO|
|Indonesia||Leopard 2A4||42||Germany||Partially arrived from Germany|
|Leopard 2 Revolution||61||Germany||On order. Up-armored and up-rated version of Leopard 2A4|
|Iran||M47 Patton||168||United States|
|Chieftain MK3||100||United Kingdom|
|T-72||480|| Soviet Union
|T-72||180|| Soviet Union
|M1A1 Abrams||140||United States||On order. Yet to be delivered, DU armor removed.|
|Merkava Mk.4||320||Israel||Additional 300 to be delivered|
|Magach 5||561||United States/ Israel||Upgraded M60 tank|
|Magach 6||711||United States/ Israel||Upgraded M60 tank|
|Magach 7||111||United States/ Israel||Upgraded M60 tank|
|Jordan||Tariq||292||United Kingdom||Centurion. Most of them were modified into Temsah heavy armoured personnel carriers.|
|M60A3||250||United States||Modernized by KADDB|
|Challenger 1||392||United Kingdom|
|Kenya||Vickers Mk 3||76||United Kingdom|
|Korea, North||T-55||2,000||Soviet Union|
|Korea, South||M48A3K||300||United States|
|M48A5K1, M48A5K2||500||United States|
|T-80U, T-80UK||35||Soviet Union||South Korea was given 33 T-80Us during 1996 and 1997 and 2 T-80UKs in 2005 as a partial interest payment of Russian debts incurred during the Soviet era.|
|K1, K1A1, K1A2||1,511||Republic of Korea||1,027 K1, 484 K1A1, K1A2 to be delivered.|
|K2 Black Panther||206||Republic of Korea||Mass production scheduled in 2013. Total 206 to be delivered.|
|M1A2||218||United States||DU armor removed.|
|T-55||1,500||Soviet Union||Large numbers of tanks destroyed by NATO bombings and rebel actions during 2011 Libyan civil war|
|Liechtenstein||Military force is abolished, but police force exists to maintain internal security.|
|Luxembourg||Military force does not have MBT's.|
|Macedonia, Republic of||T-72||31||Soviet Union||20 scraped. Only 10 are in fine condition.|
|Malaysia||PT-91M||48||Poland||Partially arrived from Poland|
|Marshall Islands||No military force exists, but police force exists to maintain internal security. United States is responsible for defense affairs.|
|Mauritius||No military force exists, however, a police force exists to maintain internal security.|
|Micronesia, Federated States of||No military force exists, but a police force exists to maintain internal security. United States is responsible for defense affairs.|
|Monaco||Very small military force exists, however, the Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince operate 2 Piranha Vs.|
|Montenegro||All scrapped in 2007|
|Morocco||M1A1||200||United States||M1A1SA "Special Armor", to be delivered.|
|MBT-2000||150||China||VT-1A version, 54 received in 2011, 96 to be delivered.|
|T-72||148||Soviet Union||T-72BA ERA|
|M60A3||427||United States||260 M60A3TTS and 167 M60A3|
|Nauru||No military force exists, police force responsible for internal security. Australia is responsible for defence affairs, under an informal arrangement|
|Netherlands||Last MBTs retired in 2011|
|Norway||Leopard 2A4||52||Germany||Leopard 2A4NL from Netherlands stocks, planned modification and upgrade in 2009 was not commenced|
|Challenger 2||38||United Kingdom|
|Al-Zarrar||600||China/ Pakistan||Pakistani-modified Type 59|
|Al-Khalid||500+||China/ Pakistan||Pakistani-modified MBT-2000|
|Palau||No military force exists. United States is responsible for defense affairs.|
|Panama||Standing military force abolished, but defence force remains. Does not operate MBTs.|
|Paraguay||Stuart tank||United States||Light tank|
|M4 Sherman||8–10||United States|
|Perú||T-55||375||Soviet Union||50 operatives|
|Philippines||FV101 Scorpion is the light tank of the Philippine Army but does not serve as an MBT|
|Poland||T-72M1||584|| Soviet Union
|License built in Poland|
|Leopard 2A4,A5||247||Germany||142 Leopard2 A4 and 105 Leopard A5.|
|Portugal||M-60 A3TTS||96||United States|
|M48A5 Patton||86||United States||In storage. Replaced by M60A3 TTS and Leopard 2A6.|
|Romania||T-55||750||Soviet Union||In storage.|
|Russia||T-54/55||1,200||Soviet Union||Mostly kept in storage. Approximately 100 still in regular service.|
|T-62||1,689||Soviet Union||Mostly kept in storage. Approximately 100 still in regular service.|
|T-64||4,000||Soviet Union||Mostly kept in storage. Approximately 100 still in regular service.|
|T-72||10,255||Soviet Union||Mostly kept in storage. Approximately 1200 still in regular service.|
|T-80||4,500||Soviet Union||All 4500 kept in reserve/storage as of December 2013.|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||Defence force exists, but operates no MBTs. Regional Security System is also responsible for defence affairs|
|Saint Lucia||No military force exists. Police force maintains a special unit for internal security. Regional Security System is responsible for defence affairs|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Samoa||No military force exists. May request military aid from New Zealand, which is obliged to consider any requests, according to the 1962 Treaty of Friendship|
|San Marino||Nominal military force exists. Italy is responsible for defence affairs|
|M1A2||388||United States||DU armor removed, all will receive upgraded digital systems from US standard M1A2SEP and will be designated M1A2S.|
|Slovenia||M-84||54||Yugoslavia||28 in active service|
|M-55S||30||Soviet Union||Heavily modernized T-55 in cooperation with Israel, reserve status|
|Solomon Islands||No military force. Police Force previously responsible for defence, but it was disarmed after ethnic violence on the island.|
|South Africa||Olifant 1A/1B||250||United Kingdom/ South Africa||Upgraded/Modified Centurion|
|Spain||Leopard 2A6E||219||Germany/ Spain||License built in Spain|
|Leopard 2A4||108||Germany||54 reserve|
|Sri Lanka||T-55||140+||Soviet Union|
|Sweden||Leopard Strv.122||280||Germany/ Sweden||Leopard 2A5 modified to Swedish specifications|
|Switzerland||Leopard Pz 87||380||Germany/ Switzerland||Leopard 2A4; 134 upgraded to Pz87 Leopard WE with PERI-R17A2, driver rear view camera and electric Turret drive, produced in Thun/Switzerland|
|Republic of China (Taiwan)||M60A3||480||United States|
|CM11 Brave Tiger||450||Taiwan|
|M60A1 and M60A3||178||United States|
|Turkey||Altay||4 prototypes||Turkey||A 4th generation MBT designed and produced by Otokar. The Altay will enter serial production phase in 2016. It is expected that a total of 1000 Altays will be produced, in 4 batches of 250 for the Turkish Army.|
|Leopard 2A4||354||Germany/ Turkey||Surplus German 2A4s. Purchased in 2005. Turkey's Leopard 2 A4s will be upgraded to Leopard 2NG (Next Generation) models with work supervised by Aselsan. The upgrade includes the addition of applique armor (AMAP), upgraded optics, and a new fire control system. Turkey bought another 30 Leopard 2A4 from Germany's arsenal which were out of service.|
|Leopard 1T (3rd Generation)||398||Germany/ Turkey||171 Leopard 1T, heavily modernized versions upgraded ASELSAN of Turkey to 3rd generation standard.|
|M60T (3rd Generation)||170||United States/ Israel||Extensively upgraded M60 Patton. Upgrade package designed and produced in Israel and named Sabra. Upgrades and modernization completed in Turkey.
3rd generation standard.
|M60A3 TTS||619||United States|
|M60A1 RISE Passive||104||United States|
|M48A5T2||758||United States/ Turkey||Further upgrade of the M48A5T1 with thermal sights, stabilized 105mm gun and laser rangefinder. To be phased out with introduction Altay tank|
|M48A5T1||619||United States/ Turkey||M48A5 with passive night vision and MTU engine. Upgrades completed in Turkey. Probably phased out of active service. To be Completely phased out by introduction Altay tank|
|Ukraine||T-64||2,271||Soviet Union||(≈447 T-64B and T-64BV in service)|
|T-72||180||Soviet Union||(stored as reserve)|
|T-80UD||215||Ukraine||(Ukrainian diesel version;)|
|United Arab Emirates||OF-40 Mk.2||36||Italy||Being withdrawn from service.|
|United Kingdom||Challenger 2||227||United Kingdom||The Challenger 2 has been cut by 40%|
|United States||M60A3||400||United States||In Reserve storage, and used by National Guard.|
|M1/M1A1/M1A2||6,343||United States||2,385 M1, 4,793 M1A1, 1,547 M1A2|
|Uruguay||Ti-67||15||Soviet Union/ Israel||T-55 significantly upgraded by Israel|
|Vanuatu||No military force. Police Force responsible for defence.|
|Vatican City||No military force, except the Swiss Guard and a civilian gendarmerie force. Italy is informally responsible for defence affairs.|
|T-72M1V||≈92||Soviet Union/ Russia||Purchased in Sept, 2009; the deliveries started in January, 2011, to be complemented with the T-90S|
|Vietnam||M48 Patton||20||United States|
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