German Leopard 2 tank fires during their largest live firing exercise on Sennelager Ranges in Germany
German Leopard 2 tank fires during their largest live firing exercise on Sennelager Ranges in Germany.
Ukraine

What tanks could Nato send to Ukraine?

German Leopard 2 tank fires during their largest live firing exercise on Sennelager Ranges in Germany
German Leopard 2 tank fires during their largest live firing exercise on Sennelager Ranges in Germany.

Ukraine is appealing to Western nations to deliver tanks as its forces continue to fight against Russia's invasion.

Poland has agreed to send a "company" of German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine as part of a larger international coalition.

France and Poland are also pushing Germany to send tanks to Kyiv, whilst the UK is considering sending Challenger 2 tanks to the country but has made no final decision.

But what tanks do Nato allies have?

Germany

The German-made Leopard 2 tank is widely regarded as the best of its kind in the world, combining both speed and accuracy, and capable of hitting targets 5km away whilst on the move.

Polish Leopard 2 tanks on exercise Poland
German-made Polish Leopard 2 tanks - picture on exercise - are being sent to Ukraine (Picture: Andrew Chittock/Alamy Stock Photo).

Germany has been hesitant to send tanks, reportedly not wanting to be the only country sending heavy weaponry to Kyiv.

The Leopard 2 comes fitted with a 120mm smooth-bore cannon as well as a 7.62mm machine-gun and a 40mm automatic grenade launcher or .50 machine-gun.

It has a top speed of 44mph and a range of 280 miles.

As well as Germany and Poland, Denmark and Canada also use the Leopard 2 as their main battle tank.

Watch: Challenger 2 – all you need to know about UK's main battle tank.

United Kingdom

As previously stated, the UK is considering sending Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine.

The Challenger 2, which has never been destroyed in battle, has a 120mm rifled gun as a main armament, with an additional Boeing 7.62 chain gun and an additional general purpose machine-gun.

It can reach speeds of 37mph and has a range of 340 miles (160 miles off-road).

United States

The United States Army's main battle tank is the M1A2 Abrams.

It comes fitted with a 120mm XM256 Smooth Bore Cannon, 7.62 M240 coaxial machine-gun and a .50 calibre M2 machine-gun.

It can reach speeds of 42mph and has a range of 265 miles.

	M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank during Exercise Noble Partner
The US' main battle tank is the M1A2 Abrams (Picture: US Army).

France

The French Leclerc tank is another option for Nato to send to Ukraine.

It comes fitted with a 120mm smoothbore main gun as well as two machine-guns – one 7.62mm weapon and a 12.7mm gun.

It has a top speed of 44mph and a range of 342 miles.

A French Leclerc tank fires at its targets during the Strong Europe Tank Challenge
A French Leclerc tank fires at its targets during the Strong Europe Tank Challenge (Pictures: PJF Military Collection, Alamy Stock Photo).