TechUkraine's Abrams Tanks Stand Firm Amid Combat, Defying Russian Assaults

Ukraine's Abrams Tanks Stand Firm Amid Combat, Defying Russian Assaults

M1A1 Abrams tanks during training in Germany, before transfer to Ukraine
M1A1 Abrams tanks during training in Germany, before transfer to Ukraine
Images source: © 7th Army Training Command

5:19 PM EDT, April 27, 2024

The 47th Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has addressed rumors regarding withdrawing Abrams tanks from the front line. The brigade emphasizes that the focus should not be on any alleged issues with these tanks. Instead, attention should be directed towards the strategic operations poised to inflict further losses on Russian forces.

The brigade statement outlined that the tanks were performing admirably in combat and that there was no intention to conceal their effectiveness from the enemy. Such firepower is crucial in supporting the infantry. However, as noted in a communication posted on Telegram, specifics on the strategies, positions, and movements of the Ukrainian Armed Forces will not be disclosed publicly.

Ukrainians comment on the withdrawal of Abrams tanks from the front

This clarification comes in the wake of reports by the Associated Press, which suggested that the Ukrainian and American forces need to devise new tactics for deploying these tanks due to heavier than anticipated losses inflicted by Russian forces.

Analysis of publicly available imagery and footage indicates that of the 31 Abrams tanks deployed, 8 have been targeted successfully by the Russians, with five being likely irreparable and three damaged. Gen. Waldemar Skrzypczak, a former commander of the Polish Land Forces, claimed that such outcomes were to be anticipated, highlighting the Abrams tanks as prime targets for Russian forces.

Abrams tanks in the hands of Ukrainians

The United States has provided Ukraine with the M1A1 variant of the Abrams tanks. Initially, there were plans to send the newer M1A2 versions. However, due to the urgency expressed by the Ukrainians, a decision was made to opt for the M1A1 models.

The Abrams M1A1 remains among the top-performing tanks in Ukraine. With its impressive dimensions—nearly 33 feet in length and weighing around 63 tons—it boasts superior armor (equipped with tungsten instead of depleted uranium panels) and armament compared to both Soviet-era and some modern Russian tanks. It has a 120 mm cannon, 12.7 mm and 7.62 mm machine guns, and various advanced systems.

The Associated Press points out that Russian drones have posed significant challenges for the Ukrainian use of Abrams tanks, as these aerial weapons have been effectively used to inflict substantial losses on them.
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