TechUkrainian soldiers champion US Abrams tanks in frontline combat

Ukrainian soldiers champion US Abrams tanks in frontline combat

American M1A1 Abrams tanks are fighting in Ukraine.
American M1A1 Abrams tanks are fighting in Ukraine.
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1:49 PM EDT, May 7, 2024

Ukrainian soldiers from the 47th Separate Mechanized Brigade have been actively employing the M1A1 Abrams tanks provided by the United States, sparking debates over their effectiveness and utility in the Ukrainian context. A brigade member recently shared insights into the advantages and drawbacks of using the Abrams tanks in combat situations.

The Ukrainian defense publication Defense Express has countered claims suggesting the American M1A1 Abrams tanks have been withdrawn from the frontline. Contrary to these reports, the brigade asserts the tanks have shown outstanding performance in combat, and there's no reason to conceal a weapon that forces the adversary to retreat. Supporting this assertion, Armiya TV, a Ukrainian military-focused channel, aired a segment where crew members from the 47th Separate Mechanized Brigade detailed their firsthand experiences with the Abrams, highlighting its strengths and weaknesses.

Examining the Abrams: The Ukrainian Perspective

Dmytro, a Ukrainian soldier, lauds the Abrams M1A1 for its precision, robust stabilization, and surprising maneuverability given its considerable size. He is particularly impressed by the thermal imaging capabilities that facilitate night operations and the effectiveness of its depleted uranium shells against Russian forces and equipment. However, Dmytro notes the tank’s armor, lacking depleted uranium, could benefit from enhanced turret protection.

It's important to note that Ukraine received 31 M1A1 Abrams tanks from the U.S. While the more advanced M1A2 Abrams were initially contemplated, the decision was made to supply refurbished M1A1 models previously used by American forces. This choice was driven by accelerating the delivery process to support Ukraine promptly.

The M1A1 Abrams has a 120 mm smoothbore gun, complemented by machine guns in 0.50 inch (12.7 mm) and 0.30 inch (7.62 mm) calibers. Powered by a 1500 HP engine, the M1A1 can reach speeds up to 43.5 mph on roads, weighs 68 tons, and has a range of approximately 267 miles.

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