Countries with the Most Tanks

Can you name the countries that have the most tanks?
Think about countries who believe that might get invaded, or who have terrain suitable for tanks
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Last updated: August 17, 2021
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# Tanks
Country
13,000
Russia
6,145
North Korea
6,100
United States
4,730
India
3,740
Syria
3,735
Egypt
3,709
Iran
# Tanks
Country
3,205
China
3,045
Turkey
3,033
Morocco
2,680
Pakistan
2,600
South Korea
2,430
Ukraine
2,155
Vietnam
# Tanks
Country
2,024
Algeria
1,650
Israel
1,401
Jordan
1,344
Greece
1,230
Cuba
1,160
Taiwan
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Level 79
May 17, 2018
Wow, Russia has a serious tank obsession.
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Level 61
Aug 3, 2018
that's not a new thing
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Level 47
Jan 11, 2020
most of them are just cold war era tanks that have been idle for the past 50 years though
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Level 23
Jun 26, 2021
whut?
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Level 79
Aug 19, 2021
More tanks than the next two countries combined? I'd call that a bit insane honestly
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Level 61
Aug 26, 2021
USA have larger military spending than the next 7 countries combined! That's not insane?
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Level 47
Aug 26, 2021
usa fanboys here
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Level 41
Aug 26, 2021
But it's true though. Countries like China, Russia, and North Korea have big armies but a lot of the equipment is cold war era and often out of date
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Level 61
Aug 26, 2021
@brandybuck96

First time Russia is not second (behind USA), but first now in terms of military statistics and they are obsessed?

USA is first in military spending (761 bil)

China is second (232 bil)

This is not obsession?

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Level 53
Aug 26, 2021
No the US is definitely obsessed, just not with tanks.
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Level 67
Aug 26, 2021
Hey, at least Russia has a powerful military. What's Syria doing with more tanks than China?
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Level 41
Aug 26, 2021
The equipment tends to be cold war era especially with the tanks
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Level 76
May 17, 2018
Lots of old T34s still floating around?
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Level 58
Oct 12, 2018
The Russians don't maintain any T-34s except for parades - the huge number is made up of huge numbers of stored T-55s, T-62s and T-72s. They've actually been scrapping their old T-64s and T-80s so the total number might have dropped by a few thousand in the last couple of years.
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Level 73
Aug 18, 2021
This guy tanks
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Level 79
May 17, 2018
Europe isn't liking the look of that Russian tank superiority
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Level 82
Sep 7, 2018
As long as Trump doesn't pull the US out of NATO, Russia's tanks could easily be destroyed by American and EU aircraft and other tactical weapons systems. Even twenty thousand of them.
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Level 62
Oct 12, 2018
Yes, but only in the context of all-out warfare. Tanks can stay perfectly well hidden from air attacks as long as they don't move. It's only when they come out in combat that they can be destroyed from the air.
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Level 79
Oct 12, 2018
I'd still rather there wasn't such a disparity, preferably less Russian tanks haha
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Level ∞
Aug 17, 2021
During the Cold War it was pretty much understood that the Soviet Union could easily roll through Europe with its massive tank and troop superiority. Which is why NATO relied on a policy of nuclear deterrence.
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Level 82
Aug 26, 2021
source? During NATO's brief intervention in Libya nearly 6,000 ground targets were destroyed including 600 of Qaddafi's tanks, The armored division he sent to Benghazi would have easily rolled over it... except that it was obliterated en route. Tanks are just targets when you have air superiority. Nuclear arms build-up in the Cold War was about mutually-assured destruction in the case of nuclear war; some generals and strategists talked about using tactical nukes in a conventional war, but most of them were labeled kooks. There's no situation where it would be been worth the risk of inciting a counter-strike.
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Level 59
Oct 12, 2018
How many of those tanks are of the inflatable variety? https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/13/world/europe/russia-decoy-weapon.html
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Level 41
Feb 21, 2021
For planes, yes, but I wouldn't doubt their numbers for tanks. They've built a lot.
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Level 76
Aug 29, 2021
Inflatable paywall :'(
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Level 87
May 17, 2018
Tanks for making this quiz!
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Level 75
May 17, 2018
Tanks for making me laugh!
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Level 69
May 17, 2018
Apparently we're not counting giant Ford Expeditions and Hummer H3s as tanks—maybe they're just Urban Assault Vehicles.
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Level 41
Feb 21, 2021
a toyota can be a tank if you stretch the definition hard enough
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Level 90
Jun 20, 2018
Not sure why, but Taiwan strikes me as really strange. Tanks don't strike me as defensive materiel, and their options to invade seem... limited.
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Level 28
Jul 24, 2018
Yeah that seems a little unusual
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Level 82
Sep 7, 2018
Maybe Taiwanese tanks are amphibious
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Level 58
Oct 12, 2018
The Taiwanese tank count includes a lot of semi-static M48s that are only serving as bunkers.
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Level 87
Oct 12, 2018
The little blurb that accompanies the front page feature for this quiz today said "Strictly for defensive purposes, naturally." In the case of Taiwan, that statement is accurate.
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Level 58
Aug 18, 2021
Same for Cuba.
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Level 83
Oct 12, 2018
Important to remember when taking this quiz that tanks are more useful in deserts than they are in jungles.
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Level 77
Oct 12, 2018
You mean when tanking this quiz, right?
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Level 53
Aug 26, 2021
That's what I thought at first but then it turns out Vietnam is on there too! Which is not just jungly but also mountainous
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Level 73
Oct 12, 2018
I wonder how many of the North Korean tanks have fuel in them
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Level 79
Oct 12, 2018
Only the ones on parade
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Level 71
Oct 12, 2018
Australia has thousands of tanks ....... water tanks that is.
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Level 76
Aug 29, 2021
And that's not even counting tank tops.
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Level 82
Aug 30, 2021
And that's where the name tanks came from. Water tanks. Was used as a cover name for them in World War I. Original name was to be landships.
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Level 76
Oct 12, 2018
UK has a lot of fish tanks. Although to be honest many of them are just fish bowls.
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Level 52
Oct 13, 2018
Good quiz. Took me a moment to realise you need to focus on regional or smaller powers that have unpleasant relations with their neighbours.
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Level 52
Feb 22, 2020
Taiwan? Why
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Level 41
Feb 21, 2021
cuz ccp
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Level 56
Oct 2, 2020
Taiwan?
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Level 49
Feb 21, 2021
Because of China
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Level 25
Feb 17, 2021
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Level 60
Mar 25, 2021
What is the point of this comment
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Level 53
Aug 26, 2021
accountability
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Level 42
May 31, 2021
Is this outdated?
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Level 23
Jun 26, 2021
good quiz but why you have to name you username as 'milk?'

Are actually a kind of food or a kind of a drink or is it just what you pick?

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Level 71
Aug 17, 2021
And your real name is 'Spongepat'?
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Level 53
Aug 26, 2021
The more I think about the name spongepat the more concerned I become
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Level 76
Aug 29, 2021
Nah, you should meet Spongezelda. Spongevlad is fun at parties but you can't leave him alone with the pots and pans.
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Level 73
Aug 18, 2021
Excluding Russia, no other European country has made the list, except Greece??? The country that has been heavily indebted not so long ago? Also, it isn't exactly known for its involvement in any recent wars, so what's with those numbers?
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Level 63
Aug 19, 2021
Supposedly the long-standing territorial dispute with Turkey is the reason.
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Level 62
Aug 26, 2021
And corruption/overprocurement. They have a big problem with that. German companies bribe the Greek officials to buy weapons and then glare at Greece's budget deficit.
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Level 64
Aug 26, 2021
NO WE DO it because turks want to invade us
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Level 60
Aug 26, 2021
Wow, those last three. I could have had two more minutes, and I'm not sure I would have got them.
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Level 50
Aug 26, 2021
I love the front page description lol
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Level 54
Aug 26, 2021
53 seconds remaining, didn't expect to see Greece or Taiwan or Cuba, I suppose Taiwan and Cuba somewhat make sense given their history.
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Level 36
Aug 26, 2021
Why doesn't North Vietnam work for Vietnam?
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Level 62
Aug 26, 2021
why would it lol
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Level 70
Aug 26, 2021
Same reason "West Germany" generally doesn't work when talking about present-day Germany.
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Level 70
Aug 26, 2021
So for counties like the Marshall Islands which don't have any tanks of their own but that rely on countries like the US to provide their international defense, I guess it's tanks but no tanks.
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Level 51
Aug 30, 2021
I was struggling a bit...

Until i typed in Israel and its neighbors lol