China’s Type 99 main battle tank ranks third among a list of nine of the world’s most powerful tanks from the official website of Focus magazine based in Munich on Apr. 30.
The Focus piece said a modern tank most be able to face attacks from different directions. The experience of fighting local insurgencies in Afghanistan and Iraq also demonstrates that tanks must be able to engage the enemy in urban environments, it said.
Germany’s Leopard 2 was considered the best tank on the list, with its 120 mm Rheinmetall L55 smoothbore gun and two 7.62 mm MG3A1 machine guns.
The No. 2 tank in the world is the US Army’s M1A2 Abrams which has depleted uranium mesh-reinforced composite armor that protects its crew from the majority of munitions. The tank’s turret can rotate through 360 degrees is nine seconds and it takes only two seconds for the M1A2 to reload its 120 mm L/44 M256A1 smoothbore gun. When threatened by anti-tank missiles, it can release smoke, flare and chaff decoys to disorientate the missile.
Full article: PLA’s Type 99 ranked world’s third most powerful tank (Want China Times)