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Revealed: These Are The Most Heavily Armed Tanks Ever Built By Russia

T-14 Armata, main battle tank

Since the early 20th century, Russian tanks have been known for their impressive combat performance and firepower. They have left a lasting impact on battlefields from World War II to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Russian tank developments reflect its status as a major military power and have been pivotal in wars and as a tool of diplomatic influence, shaping Russia’s standing on the world stage. In this feature, CEOWORLD magazine thoroughly examines Russia’s tank arsenal over the years, ranking each tank based on the caliber of the main and secondary guns.

During the tense period of the Cold War, the T-72 stood as a symbol of Russian military strength. It played a crucial role in conflicts such as the Chechen wars and frequently appeared in the tumultuous landscapes of Middle Eastern battles. Additionally, the T-54 and T-55 tanks, which originated during this era, solidified their place in history as some of the most extensively produced tanks.

Stepping back in time, the T-34 emerged as a game-changer during World War II, earning a reputation for its impressive armor, maneuverability, and formidable firepower. The T-34’s impact was felt in pivotal battles, notably the historic clash at Kursk, widely regarded as the largest tank battle in history.

Looking towards the future, the T-14 Armata stands as the pinnacle of Russian tank engineering, representing the latest evolution in military technology and firepower. With a rich history of technological advancement as its foundation, the T-14 embodies the next generation of Russian military prowess.

Most Heavily Armed Tanks Ever Built By Russia

RankTankTypeTop speed (mph)Year introducedTotal units manufacturedArmamentManufacturer
1T-14 (Armata)Main battle tank50201645125mm 2A82 smoothbore main gun, 30mm autocannon, 12.7mm heavy machine gun, 7.62mm machine gun, smoke grenade dischargersUralvagonzavod
2T-99 ArmataMultirole tracked armored vehicle50201340125mm smoothbore main gun, 12.7mm coaxial machine gun, 57mm automatic grenade launcherUralvagonzavod
3T-64Main battle tank43196613000125mm D-81 smoothbore main gun, 7.62mm PKT coaxial machine gun, 12.7mm NSVT anti-aircraft machine gunMalyshev
4T-72 (Ural)Main battle tank42197225000125mm smoothbore main gun, 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, 12.7mm anti-aircraft machine gun, smoke grenade dischargersState Factories
5T-90Main battle tank4019952055125mm smoothbore main gun, 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, 12.7mm anti-aircraft machine gun, smoke grenade dischargersUralvagonzavod, HVF India
6T-80 (MBT)Main battle tank4319765500125mm main gun, 12.7mm air defense machine gun, 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, smoke grenade dischargersOmsk Transmash / Malyshev / LKZ
72S25 (Sprut-SD)Light tank43200770125mm 2A75 main gun, 7.62 coaxial machine gun, smoke grenade dischargersVolgograd Tractor Plant
8IS-10 / T-10 (Josef Stalin)Heavy tank2619538000122mm D-74 main gun, 14.5mm KPV machine guns, 12.7mm DShK anti-aircraft machine gunState Factories
9IS-3 / JS-3 (Josef Stalin)Heavy tank2519452311122mm D-25T main gun, 12.7mm anti-aircraft heavy machine gun, 7.62mm machine gunsState Factories
10IS-2 / JS-2 (Josef Stalin)Heavy tank2319432250122mm D25-T main gun, 12.7mm DShK heavy machine gun, 7.62mm machine gunsState Factories
11T-62Medium tank28196122750115mm smoothbore main gun, 12.7mm DShKM anti-aircraft heavy machine gun, 7.62mm PKT coaxial machine gunState Factories
12BMD-4 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta)Light infantry fighting vehicle432005200100mm main gun, 30mm cannon, AT-5 Spandrel anti-tank guided missile launcher, 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, 40mm automatic grenade launcher, 5.45mm general purpose machine gun, smoke grenade dischargersVolgograd Tractor Plant
13BMP-3 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)Light tank4319871840100mm 2A70 rifled main gun, 30mm 2A72 coaxial machine gun, 7.62mm PKT coaxial machine gun, smoke grenade dischargersKurgan Machine Construction Plant
14T-55Medium tank31195850000100mm D-10 rifled main gun, 7.62mm PKT coaxial machine gun, 12.7mm anti-aircraft machine gunState Factories
15T-54Medium tank30194950000100mm D-10TG main gun, 7.62mm SG MT coaxial machine gun, 7.62mm bow-mounted machine gunState Factories
16T-34Medium tank3219408407085mm D-5T / ZiS-S-53 main gun, 7.62mm DT MG coaxial machine gun, 7.62mm DT machine gunState Factories
17T-44Medium tank321944182385mm D-5T main gun, 7.62mm machine gunsFactory No. 75
18PT-76Amphibious light tank2719521200076.2mm main gun, 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, 12.7mm anti-aircraft machine gunState Factories
19KV-1 (Klimenti Voroshilov)Heavy tank221939521976.2mm main gun, 7.62mm machine gunsKirov Factory
20BMD-1 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta)Infantry fighting vehicle501966200073mm 2A28 smoothbore cannon, 9M14M anti-tank guided missilesVolgograd Tractor Plant
21T-26Light tank1719311200045mm main gun, 7.62mm machine gun, 12.7mm machine gunFactory No. 174 / Stalingrad Tractor Factory
22BT-7 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)Light tank321934461345mm main gun, 7.62mm machine gunState Factories
23T-70Light tank281942822645mm 20K main gun, 7.62mm machine gunState Factories
24BMP-2 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)Infantry fighting vehicle4019823500030mm 2A42 main gun, 7.62 PKTM coaxial machine gun, 9M113 Konkurs mssile launcher, smoke dischargersKurgan Machine Construction Plant
25BMD-3 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta)Amphibious light tank40199012330mm cannon, 7.62 machine gun, AT-4 ATGW launcher, 5.45mm machine gun, 40mm grenade launcher, smoke dischargersVolgograd Tractor Plant
26BMD-2 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta)Amphibious light tank501985215030mm 2A42 cannon, ATGM missile launcher, 7.62mm PKT coaxial machine gun, 7.62mm PKT bow-mounted machine gunVolgograd Tractor Plant
27T-60Light tank271941629220mm TNSh L/82.4 main gun, 7.62mm machine gunFactory No. 37 / Factory No. 38 / GAZ
28BMP-1 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)Infantry fighting vehicle401966260007.62mm PKT coaxial machine gun, 7.62mm PKT bow-mounted machine gunState Factories
29T-27Light tank26193130007.62mm machine gunBolshevik Works / GAZ
30T-38Light tank25193713007.62mm machine gunFactory No. 37

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