Watch the NATO tank competition where the US lost to Austria and Germany

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strong europe tank challenge m1 abramsFor the second year in a row, a US armored brigade competed in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge against a range of European partners — and lost.

Austria, which didn’t participate in the challenge last year, took gold, while Germany came in second. The US came in a strong third, but given the purpose of the challenge, that’s nothing to be ashamed of. 

“This is a competition, but it’s not really about the competition,” said Sgt. Maj. David Glenn, 7th Army Training Command’s operations senior noncommissioned officer in a US Army statement. “It’s really about training, partnership, esprit de corps and interoperability.”

Given Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — one of the participating states — the competition takes on a whole new air of seriousness beyond a medal or ranking. With Russian forces in Eastern Europe outnumbering deployed NATO forces in the region, the US has increasingly sought to bolster the smaller European states with ground forces and even F-35s.

In the slides below, see how the NATO and the Ukraine push themselves to stand ready against the looming threat of Russia. 

Here’s the Austrian Leopard 2A4 tank that ended up taking gold.

Photo by Spc. Javon Spence

Crew: 4 soldiers

Armament: 120 mm smoothbore, 2x 7.62 mm

Speed: 45 mph

Range: 310 miles

Length: 32 feet

Weight: 62.5 tons

Here’s the German tank that competed, the Leopard 2A6

US Army photo by Pfc. Javon Spence

Crew: 4 soldiers

Armament: 120 mm smoothbore, 2x 7.62 mm

Speed: 42 mph

Range: 310 miles

Length: 36 feet

Weight: 62 tons

Poland brought the Leopard 2A5

US Army photo by Pfc. Emily Houdershieldt

Crew: 4 soldiers

Armament: 120 mm smoothbore, 2x 7.62 mm

Speed: 45 mph

Range: 310 miles

Length: 32 feet

Weight: 62.5 tons


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