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This Country Has the Most Tanks, and It's Not Even Close

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Recently, dozens of military tanks were spotted traveling down the railroad line in Charleston, South Carolina. Images of the tanks lined upat the Columbus Street Terminal were takenon May 31, 2024. The sight led some to speculate if perhaps thetanks were beingshipped offto aid Ukraine in its war efforts. Since January 2024, Statistareports the U.S., along with other world powers, has sent 45 war tanks to Ukraine. However, Poland tops the list havingcommitted 270 tanks to Ukraine this year. As it turns out, the tanks in Charleston were headedsomewhere, but not Ukraine, according to sources that spoke to The Post and Courier, leading 24/7 Wall St. to wonder which countries dominate in the number of battle tanks in their arsenals. (This is the latest generation of modern-era tanks.)

To determine the countries with the most tanks, 24/7 Wall St. analyzed data from MilitaryStrength Rankingfrom Global Firepower, an annually updated defense-related statistics website with information on 145 countries. We ranked countries by total number of tanks, starting with the least amount first. Additionally, we included information on the overall amount of military vehicles, artillery, and MLRS units, as well as each country’s military strength score.

Despite the U.S.’s strong advantage around the globe in terms of military power, America did not make the top of the list regarding its number of tanks. American military strength relies mainly on its Air Force and Navy, and less on ground forces. However, when the need arises for troops on the ground, the U.S. has the tank power to back them up. Interestingly, North Korea is near the top of the pack leadingthe U.S. and many other nations. Yet, it should be notedits arsenal is full of aging tanks, many from the 1950s and 1960s leftover from the Korean War.

Although tanks may not be as important now as they once were, as military technology and tactics continue to evolve, they are still an integral part of any ground defense or invasion providingarmored support to troops and holding the front line. (These are revolutionary vehicles that transformed warfare.)

Why Are We Writing About Military Tanks?

Libya tanks | A T-55 tank destroyed by NATO forces in the desert north of Ajadabiya, Libya.
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The U.S. may not rely on ground tanks as heavily now as it did in the past, but they still play an importantrole in national defense. Understanding how different militaries around the globe operate helps 24/7 Wall St. readers have insight into the use of military power around the world.

Here is a look at the countries with the most tanks:

30. Belarus

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Belarus has 517 tanks and 6,700 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 1.0901 — #64 out of 145 with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 539 and 206 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

29. Japan

Japan artillery | Military tank driving down a dirt road
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Japan has 518 tanks and 37,662 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.1601 — #7 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 653 and 54 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

28. Poland

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Poland has 612 tanks and 13,956 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.2917 — #21 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 525 and 211 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

27. Thailand

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Thailand has 648 tanks and 14,040 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.3389 — #25 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 639 and 26 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

26. Turkmenistan

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Turkmenistan has 680 tanks and 8,312 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 1.4906 — #83 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 530 and 160 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

25. Ethiopia

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Ethiopia has 680 tanks and 10,028 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.7938 — #49 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 713 and 79 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

24. Myanmar

Tank on street during the 2021 Myanmar protest movement.
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Myanmar has 705 tanks and 8,139 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.5251 — #35 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 2,083 and 586 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

23. Iraq

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Iraq has 848 tanks and 39,872 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.7441 — #45 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 1,727 and 425 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

22. Azerbaijan

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Azerbaijan has 920 tanks and 29,312 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.9934 — #59 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 594 and 218 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

21. Taiwan

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Taiwan has 1,010 tanks and 19,868 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.3302 — #24 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 1,420 and 223 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

20. Jordan

Jordan+tanks | Light 'em Up
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Jordan has 1,365 tanks and 24,148 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 1.4651 — #80 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 283 and 88 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

19. Greece

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Greece has 1,365 tanks and 57,030 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.4349 — #32 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 1,318 and 152 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

18. Israel

Israel Magach | Magach 3 (Patton M48A3) tank is on the Memorial Site near the Armored Corps Museum in Latrun, Israel | Magach 3 (Patton M48A3) tank is on the Memorial Site near the Armored Corps Museum in Latrun, Israel
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Israel has 1,370 tanks and 43,407 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.2596 — #45 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 950 and 150 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

17. Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia has 1,485 tanks and 20,694 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.3235 — #23 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 3,253 and 490 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

16. Morocco

Morocco has 1,564 tanks and 13,710 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 1.0081 — #61 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 871 and 208 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

15. Algeria

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Algeria has 1,632 tanks and 35,990 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.3589 — #26 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 707 and 236 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

14. Eritrea

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Eritrea has 1,756 tanks and 3,512 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 2.4152 — #117 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 210 and 219 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

13. Ukraine

Ukraine has 1,777 tanks and 22,110 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.2598 — #18 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 2,217 and 491 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

12. Iran

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Iran has 1,996 tanks and 65,765 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.2269 — #14 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 2,630 and 775 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

11. Vietnam

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Vietnam has 2,029 tanks and 18,578 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.3158 — #22 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 880 and 450 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

10. Turkey

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Turkey has 2,231 tanks and 55,104 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.1697 — #8 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 2,785 and 286 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

9. South Korea

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South Korea has 2,501 tanks and 66,492 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.1416 — #5 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 8,052 and 581 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

8. Syria

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Syria has 2,720 tanks and 14,550 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 1.0026 — #60 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 2,695 and 614 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

7. Pakistan

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Pakistan has 3,742 tanks and 50,523 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.1711 — #9 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 3,990 and 602 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

6. India

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India has 4,614 tanks and 151,248 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.1023 — #4 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 3,383 and 702 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

5. United States

The United States has 4,657 tanks and 360,069 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.0699 — #1 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 2,862 and 694 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

4. China

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China has 5,000 tanks and 174,300 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.0706 — #3 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 5,284 and 3,180 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

3. Egypt

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Egypt has 5,340 tanks and 77,596 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.2283 — #15 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 3,046 and 1,119 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

2. North Korea

North Korea has 5,845 tanks and 24,696 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.5313 — #36 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 9,000 and 2,920 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

1. Russia

Russia has 14,777 tanks and 161,382 military vehicles in all. Its military strength score is 0.0702 — #2 out of 145, with ground forces that include a total artillery stock of 14,564 and 3,065 total multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

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