According to the Russian military Messenger magazine reported on July 25, the national media often argue which tanks is the world’s most advanced tanks. Chinese Type 96 and Type 99 tanks in the U.S. military magazine’s list of world’s top ten tanks on the list, ranking, while the Russian T-90A (S) tanks # 10, Russian experts are extremely dissatisfied with.
Authority of the U.S. military magazine in accordance with the mobility of the tank, fire performance and the three indicators of the level of armor protection, comprehensive assessment of the overall performance of the world main battle tanks, selection of the top ten tanks. In the 1998 ranking of the world’s top ten tanks, the German “Leopard-2A5 tank top, followed by the United States of M1A2, 90-Japan, France Leclerc, the British Challenger 2″, the Russian Black Eagle “, the Russian T-90 (S), South Korea 88 type, the Russian T-72 (S) and Israel the Merkava Mk.3 tank. In the latest ranking of the world’s top ten tank in 2010, the German Leopard-2A6 tank top, followed by the British Challenger 2 “, American M1A2SEP, South Korean K2, Israeli” Merkava Mk.4 South Korean K1A1, Chinese Type 96, the French Leclerc, Chinese Type 99 Russian T-90A (S) tanks. Changes in contrast to the two charts we can see that decade, the world tank market added some new products, including the German Leopard 2A6 “, American M1A2SEP, Israeli Merkava MK4, South Korean K1A1 and K2 Chinese 96 type and 99, and Russia improved T-90A.
In addition to the South Korean K1, K2 tanks outside, China’s two latest products among the world’s top ten tanks list compared with the same concern. From the end of last century, Chinese tanks and level of research and development by leaps and bounds, and sought to acquire a leading position in manufacturing industry in the world tanks. In October 1999 the new China’s 50th anniversary parade, the PLA has a comprehensive display of the Type 96, Type 98 and 99, three new tanks. Chinese tank designers believe that the 99 tanks are a world leader in mobility, firepower, performance and protective properties of the three combat potential indicators. Made in China in 2000 the first batch of 40 production of 99 tanks. Improvement and development of models as the Russian T-72 tanks, 99 tanks advanced performance. It uses home-made 125 mm smoothbore gun is the Chinese version of Russian-made 2A46 artillery, automatic loading device Beitan 22 rounds of artillery Ministry of base 41 rounds, including the type of shaped charge armor-piercing ammunition, grenades, and antitank missiles. Chinese designers pointed out that, in tanks, artillery, Western technology than Russia, and the flexibility of the Chinese-made 125 mm tank can be more advanced. The tests showed that the 125 mm tank fire power is far stronger than the 120 mm gun the penetrators Sunder is far better than similar foreign products, the corresponding indicator than the German Leopard 2A6 is 5-7% higher than the U.S. M1A2 is 15-20% higher, nearly 50% higher than the Japanese Type 90. In short, the 99 tanks is undoubtedly one of the world’s most advanced tank.
But the world’s top ten tanks of Russian experts, but then the U.S. military magazine ‘the widely questioned, in particular, are extremely dissatisfied with the Russian-made main battle tanks T-90 of the bottom of the rankings that the Chinese Type 96 and Type 99 tanks as a Russian-made T-72B and T-90S of imitation, respectively, can occupy a high ranking, very unfair for the Russian-made the latest type is the T-90A tanks. Russian experts believe that the U.S. military magazine claims ranking concrete tanks overall combat capabilities, especially mobility, firepower and armor protection three indicators based on, but did not disclose which specific assessment of the tanks, tactical and technical performance, to which reference criteria. Perhaps, the magazine’s list has been the funding of the development of enterprises in a tank, and compare the methodology does not consider the overall performance, without regard to cost-effective indicators, and therefore the conclusions may be biased and unjust. If we add the cost-effective indicators of the tank, combined with export potential, then the world’s top 5 main battle tanks should be followed by the Russian T-90A (S), the German Leopard 2 “, France Leclerc, British Challenger 2 “and the United States of M1A2.