Kyiv received the first shipment of tanks M1A1 Abrams The Americans, marking an important milestone in the war with Russia.
Early arrival and official confirmation
Recent reports highlight the acceptance of Ukraine from a batch of tanks M1A1 Abrams, earlier than promised. Ukrainian and American sources confirm this information.
Sabrina Singh, spokeswoman for Pentagon, confirmed on September 25 the arrival of these armored vehicles, emphasizing their relevance to defensive cooperation. Singh said: “When it comes to the size of troops or military maneuvers on the battlefield, I will defer such in-depth discussions to the Ukrainian authorities.”
However Washington informed kyiv of the scheduled arrival in January, the tanks They are already in Ukrainian territory, and are expected to take an active part in the fighting in the south and east of the country.
Changes and security concerns
There is information that suggests that Ukraine did not receive the original versions of tanks including older versions sent to counter Russian invasion in February 2022. It applies to both fences M1A1 as for Leopard 2 from Germany.
Although it was originally planned to ship the version M1A2 to Eastern Europe, the later version was chosen M1A1. This decision makes sense because there is fences M1A1 available, even if they need modification.
New evidence suggests caution Germany’s y EE. UU. to prevent advanced technologies from reaching Moscow. There are assumptions about changes in Abrams to remove sensitive technologies. In addition, they are not expected to be shipped with the original shield, which is highly confidential.
Enigma about the changes made
A mystery remains about the exact details and changes made to tanks M1A1 Abrams sent to Ukraine. The original weapon, a closely guarded secret of EE. UU., not included in the tanks found in Europe. In addition, it is unclear what other components were modified or removed from these tanks to prevent important technologies from falling into Russian hands.
Besides Abrams pointed out that the Tank Leopard 2 The Germans were also delivered to Ukraine with many changes.
Technology protection tactics
Colonel Jürgen Rose an expert in military strategies, indicated that the use of old parts of tanks It is not exclusive to vehicles, but can be added to others weapon. This tactic will be done with the aim of protecting advanced technology.
Reports of technical difficulties in the targeting modules of Tanks Leopard set for Ukraine. The inconsistencies of these modules stand out, along with the problems of their recalibration.
Brigadier general Karan Singh Rathore of the Poona Armored Regiment, supports the theory that Western nations can withhold modern technologies to avoid exposure to enemies.
Changing technology: A complex task
Some current military systems, which may seem outdated, are generating interest. However, copying it is considered complicated, as explained Guodong Chen Chinese aerospace engineering expert.
Chen stressed that Russia would benefit from understanding the composite armor of tanks Westerners, although this knowledge does not have direct application to their vehicles due to different requirements.
The Chinese engineer compared the tanks current with cavalry last year, suggesting that these vehicles may become obsolete and disappear from the military sphere in the coming years.
Challenges and military defeats in Ukraine
The concerns of Western suppliers in Ukraine are legitimate. There is no unstoppable weapon in this conflict. Tanks As the Leopard 2 and the Challenger 2 have suffered before anti-tank missiles Russian and drone Lancet.
Its destiny tanks including American Abrams reinforces the idea that it is given with non-original changes, confirmed by the policies of countries such as EE. UU. y Germany’s.