US President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that his administration will send 31 M1A1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine. This represents an entire battalion of tanks. This is an important aid for the Ukrainian army, which is preparing for the next expected Russian offensive.
Biden said the tanks will “increase Ukraine’s ability to defend its territory and achieve its strategic objectives.” “The delivery of these tanks will take some time. But we will use this time to make sure the Ukrainians are fully prepared,” he said. “That’s what it’s about: helping Ukraine defend and protect Ukrainian territory. This is not a threat of attack for Russia.”
Modern and high-quality tanks are the key to Ukraine’s ability to withstand the spring offensive expected by Russian forces. Ukrainian tanks are mostly Russian and Soviet made. Western tanks will give them an edge over less capable machines of the enemy.
Military analyst Jiří Vojáček also talked about the quality of American Abrams tanks. Seznam noted that for the przva, the American Abrams tanks, along with the Leopards, are the two most successful tanks of the so-called Western tank school and have fundamental advantages over most Russian tanks. Although larger and slower, they have better observation equipment, thermal imaging, more accurate ammo, and finally stronger armor. The same goes for older versions of tanks, according to Vojáček.
“You could say that if you put a Russian T-72 on a Leopard or Abrams tank, you’re going to have to send a few of them to balance the forces,” Vojáček said.
The US will also provide eight M88 recovery vehicles to give M1A1 Abrams the support he needs. The Biden administration will also supply Ukraine with more than 500 armored vehicles of various types.
The US government has already sent $27 billion in military aid to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion in February 2022. The weapons sent are getting more and more sophisticated and deadly. The Abrams tanks and armored personnel carriers that Ukraine will receive are the same ones used by American soldiers on the front lines of the US military.
Source: Seznam Zpravy
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