Originally Posted by godofthunder9010
This makes the third contest in a row that the Abrams went head to head with a tank that could arguably be better than it. I think the consensus is pretty clear on one thing: Challenger, Merkava, M1a2, and Leopard2a6 are probably the best 4 tanks in the world. Deciding what order they rate in is tricky. Personally, I think the Leopard is slightly superior to the M1 in everything but ammo ... a very big matter indeed.
I agree with your opinion. At this level the training of the tank crews and the tactics they use will probably be the decisive factor. There isn't really a lot to separate these 4 tank designs. One thing that seems to be overlooked is the mine protection that the Leo 2 A6 offers - I'm not sure if this is offered on any other tank design. Some have argued that the location of the ammunition on the Leo 2 is a weak spot but I'm sure that the Leo tank designers were aware of this. Whatever. If I were a tank commander I'd be very happy to be in any of these 4 tank designs and would expect to come out alive in any engagement with any other tank currently in service.